Waterfront Park Master Plan of the Busan North Port International Competition

BPA ( Port Authority) has just announced an international competition for the Waterfront Park Master Plan of the North Port, . The deadline for registration is June 10. To download all the necessary requirements to participate in the competition, please go to the official website.

Maroin Office Building / Architects Group RAUM

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Architects:
Location: 146-9 Millak-dong, Suyeong-gu, Busan,
Architect In Charge: Oh sin-wook
Partner Architect : No Jeong-min
Design Team : Ha Joung-un, Park Jeong-a, Lee Chul-woo, Lee Yeong-suk, Kim Dae-won, Yu Seong-cheol, Park Woo-jin
Area: 233.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yoon Joon-hwan

Busan Cinema Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au

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Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Design Principal / Ceo: Wolf D. Prix
Project Partner: Michael Volk
Project Architect: Günther Weber
Design Architects: Martin Oberascher, Jörg Hugo
Project Team: Sergio Gonzalez, Rob Henderson, Guthu Hallstein, Matt Kirkham, Veronica Janovska, Dieter Segerer, Markus Baumann, Jasmin Dieterle, Anja Sorger, Jana Kucerova, Jan Brosch, Ivana Jug
Client: Municipality of : Kim, Byung-Heui; Cho, Seung-Ho; Chai, Young-Eeon; Seo, Myoung Seok
Year: 2012
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba, Courtesy of

Busan Opera House Competition Proposal / IaN+

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The design for the Opera House by IaN+ aims to define a plurality of relationships between different cultures, and, at the same time, to reflect on the value of the Opera House within the contemporary city. The result is a symbolic place representing the city of Busan, not through an icon, but through the image of the city itself which reflects and resolves, becoming thus a meeting point of urbanity and nature. The Opera House embodies the very idea of a public place: a place for cultural and social meeting and sharing. To observe this building means to observe the city, the nature surrounding it, the image of a nation and a culture. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Second Prize Winning Proposal / designcamp moonpark dmp

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The second prize winning proposal for the Opera House, designed by designcamp moonpark dmp, aims at resolving the issue of a lack of much needed public space where people can stroll and enjoy the waterfront activity. The Opera House is an opportunity to give this luxury of space, this water’s edge back to the citizens. Inspired by opera itself and its dramatic scenographies, the facility is designed to create dramatic vignettes of the harbor, the city and the mountains. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Winning Proposal / Snøhetta

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Snøhetta was recently selected as the winner of the Opera House Competition in with their ‘Unpacking the Box’ concept. Their proposal is conceived not as frozen music but rather as an instrument, upon which we can play. This instrument is neither a white cube nor a black box, empty devoid of expression; this Opera building outward expresses the values and ethos of the place and content. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal: 3rd Prize Winner / Henning Larsen Architects + Tomoon Architects

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Henning Larsen Architects and Tomoon Architects recently won the third prize in the international competition for designing the new opera in Busan, . Connecting the citizens of Busan to the waterfront, their design takes it’s inspiration from the particular location in Busan. The clear shape of the grand roof creates a magnificent icon in the vertical context of high-rises and mountains. At the same time it creates a subtle unity with the ocean and the horizon. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Lotte Town Tower / SOM

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Currently under construction, SOM’s Lotte Town Tower  in , stands over its adjacent waterfront as the new gateway to East Asia. Rising 510 meters, this mixed-use tower will add 6.3 million square feet to this bustling port city. A unique setback language defines its massing that is derived from numerous influences including the compact site, complex program, and optimization of views. The tower will incorporate numerous sustainable features and an efficient concrete structural system that maximizes the efficiency of the 107 floors. More details after the break.

Busan Cinema Center Nearing Completion

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The construction of the Busan by architecture firm COOP HIMMELB(L)AU is nearing completion. Slated to be the new home of the Busan International Film Festival, the complex will house cinemas, restaurants, a 1000 seat multifunctional theater, and numerous public spaces. More details after the break.

Cinema Center in Busan, South Korea / Coop Himmelb(l)au

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Architect: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Location: Busan,
Text: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: ISOCHROM, Nathan Willock

Zenith / DeStefano Partners

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Otherwise known as Doosan Haeundae U-Dong (or “We’ve the Zenith”), the Zenith complex is a residential condominium development in the Haeundae region of , South Korea.  The complex was designed by DeStefano Partners of Chicago, Illinois and is slated for substantial completion in November of 2011 and full occupancy in the summer of 2012.  More images and architect’s description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Eirini Androutsopoulou & Dimitra Maniaki

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This proposal, by architects Eirini Androutsopoulou & Dimitra Maniaki, defines a new icon and a strong identity for the city of and drives a direct link between Korea’s past and Korea’s future image. In order to do so, the proposed scheme describes the idea of the Korean garden within the building’s shell and the new Opera House within the Korean garden. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / PAPER | TOTEMENT

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The shaping concept of the buildings for the Opera House by PAPER | TOTEMENT is based on placing simple forms together with their capacities and location determined by their functional tasks. The outside shape of the achieved agglomerate is made by cutting off the surpluses to make a cube form put on its edge. The aesthetics of the given object depends neither on a separate turn of any of its parts nor on their size or quantity, but is defined by a lot of similar but different elements with its external shape of an ideal Platon body in an unusual twist. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Diana Q. de Saul & Alejendro Munevar

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The proposal, by design team Diana Q. de Saul and , consists of an organic building-scape which allows for a variety of recreational and educational activities while creating a cultural icon for . The building is organized around three principal wavelengths generated parametrically based on the pre-existing local tensions: a stunning ocean view to the west, a bustling city to the east, and a thriving cultural district to the south. More images and project description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Ayrat Khusnutdinov

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Russian architect, Ayrat Khusnutdinov, shared with us his proposal for the Opera House. The main idea behind the design was the outstanding natural environment: the sea and the mountains are features that are reflected in this project. They, not architecture, are prime actors in this scene; this is the reason why so much attention was paid to let people enjoy them, here the architecture is just a frame that defines this great picture. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Pelletier de Fontenay

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The Opera House proposal, by Pelletier de Fontenay, echoes a unique island condition. Here, they imagined an island experience where everything, from water to building, is in contrast with the usual city landscape. It resembles more abstract matter carved from underneath than a building. It stands there, anchored to the shore, like a century old wreckage, darkened by time, creating complex and unexpected relationships with the water, the island, the city and it’s inhabitants. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Nabito Arquitectura

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The new Opera House, designed by Nabito Arquitectura, will put the city on the international map, allowing it to become part of the network of world renowned opera houses. As another node in the network, the I-Opera, the title of their project, will not only be integrated on an international level, but it will also serve as a landmark on the local level. It will be present in the collective memory of the people of Busan and also be a part of their daily life experience. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Task Architects

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Based in Egypt, young architecture firm Task Architects shared with us their proposal for the Opera House competition. With the largest port in the country, makes for one of the most important cities in Korea as the project is located in the newly developed area of the north port. Therefore, they wanted to create an Icon. A monument that would shift the vision of the locals and international visitors alike. The design would create new experiences for each visitor in order to be welcoming and inviting to become the city’s vision of future development. More images and architects’ description after the break.