Dubai Opera House

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Project Category: Landmark, Civic, Entertainment
Client: Emaar Properties
Project Manager: MLD
Architects: WS Atkins
Lighting Consultant: neoalpha global
Interior Designer: WA International
Theater Consultant: Theater Projects
Main Contractor: CCC
MEP Contractor: BK Gulf

Dubai Opera, a 2,000-seat, multi-format, performing arts center, is the definitive destination for performing arts in Dubai, bringing arts and music to life like never before. It is the radiant center of culture and art in Dubai, a shining pearl in what is built as “the most prestigious square kilometer in the world”.

The iconic dhow-shaped building of Dubai Opera is a masterpiece of contemporary design and a stylish tribute to Dubai’s maritime history. The building’s exquisite design, by Atkins and lead architect Janus Rostock, gives the exceptional ability to transform into three modes; from a theatre into a concert hall, and into a ‘flat floor’ mode becoming a banquet or event hall. This seamless flexibility enables Dubai Opera to host a wide variety of performances and events including theatre, opera, ballet, orchestras, concerts, fashion shows, live entertainment, conferences, galleries and art exhibitions.

In Theatre mode, the space is suitable for large-scale drama productions, musicals, ballets, lectures, and conferences, seating up to 2,000 people, depending on the configuration. When transformed into a concert hall, a series of towers and reflectors on stage and overhead are designed to create an acoustic shell around the orchestra, enabling a perfect acoustic environment for amazing sound quality. The building’s unique architecture also allows hosting a variety of events such as weddings, trade shows, art galleries and exhibitions, receptions and parties, using its “flat floor” mode.

With its unique 2000-seat multi-format theatre, Dubai Opera is a definitive international destination for performing arts and world-class entertainment productions. Dubai Opera passionately embraces its role as the vibrant cultural heart of Dubai and is committed to produce and host the finest, authentic, creative and engaging performing arts experiences from Dubai and the world.

neoalpha global has carried out the conceptualization, design development, site supervision of all front of house public areas and landscape lighting. Finally, detailing also the auditorium space up to its construction and supervision.

neoalpha global is owned by Alessandro Ayanian, Creative Designer and Managing Director, who has over 20 years of experience in professional lighting having worked on most project types all around the world from large hotel resorts and masterplans to bars, restaurants, government buildings, corporate offices, stadiums, and private residences.

What we do is closely related to our philosophy about the impact of light on the human experience. Our lighting design solutions are premised on an understanding of how light can change the human psyche in terms of wellness which means that it requires exceptional creativity to design and turn sophisticated design ideas into reality.

At neoalpha we believe in 5 core values: Creativity, Innovation, Quality, Passion and Delivery. Our passion to strive above and beyond is our way of life. Specific deliverables vary from project to project, but our design process is often similar. Though there is not a single or finite path to deliver our design, each process does follow a consistent set of core ideas.

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