Snohetta has revealed the design for Duett Dusseldorf. This new opera house will be the city’s cultural hub. Two sloping towers rise from the horizontal volume that houses the new music venue. They contain a hotel, restaurants and office spaces, as well as residential units. This multi-layered development will serve the Dusseldorf arts and culture scene. The project is located near the Rhein river and historic Hofgarten park. Its ground-level blurs boundaries between indoor/outdoor. A glass facade shows a cultural wood wall inside the foyer which welcomes users to the opera house.

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The new opera house will replace the current cultural venue that no longer meets the space requirements for the program. It also brings a number of complementary functions to this development. The horizontal volume houses the opera program and all its amenities, while creating a dialogue within the context. Landscape reorganizes circulation and an urban forest is accompanied by the path from park to main entrance.

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A series of ramps and staircases leads visitors from the foyer to a cafe, where they can view into the rehearsal areas of the opera. These spaces can also double as performance venues. A roof garden, accessible from the foyer, adds a layer of public space to the existing horizontal volume. It can accommodate a variety of activities from cultural events to performances.

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Two sloping towers that form a V-shape silhouette create less shading. The facade of layered glass provides transparency at different points on the faces of the volumes. It is primarily designed for office, residential, and hotel spaces.