Today, MAD’s Harbin Opera House officially received the 14th Tien-yow Jeme Civil Engineering Prize, along with the "Golden Man" trophy. The Tien-yow Jeme Prize, granted by the China Civil Engineering Society and the Beijing Tien-yow Jeme Civil Engineering, Science, and Technology Development Foundation, was established in 1999. The esteemed prize is awarded to projects of scientific and technological innovation in the fields of construction, engineering, and architecture. The opera house was selected from 128 national projects.
Embedded within Harbin’s wetlands, the Harbin Opera House was designed in response to the force and spirit of the northern city’s untamed wilderness and frigid climate. Appearing as if sculpted by wind and water, the building seamlessly blends in with the site's topography and surrounding nature -- a transfusion of local identity, art, and culture.