Guangzhou Opera House, currently under construction, was set ablaze on Saturday, local news reports. The Zaha Hadid design overlooking the Pearl River is the second fire to hit significant modern buildings in China this year with OMA's TVCC building devastated in February following a fireworks display.
A statement released by Hadid's office said: “An incident involving a fire at the construction site of the Guangzhou Opera House occurred at 7:50am on Saturday 9 May 2009. All staff were evacuated safely with no injuries. No members of the public were involved.
“The fire was extinguished by the Fire Department in under an hour. Initial inspections confirm the structure of the building remains completely intact. Further investigations into the cause are undergoing. We must wait for these investigations to be completed before we know if the opening date will need to be altered.”