O+A Building / Architects Group RAUM

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Location: 1298-114 Beomcheon-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan, South
Architect In Charge: Oh Sin-Wook
Partner Architect : No Jeong-min
Design Team : Ha Jeoung-un, Lee Chul-woo, Kim Dae-won, Yu Seong-cheol, An shin
Gross Floor Area : 397.07 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yoon Joon-hwan

[5x17]Daecheong-dong Small House / JMY architects

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Architects: JMY architects
Location: 2 Daecheong-dong, Jung-gu, Busan,
Project Architect: Jaemin Yoon
Area: 192.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joonhwan Yoon

A House for Nature and People / YLAB

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Architects: YLAB
Location: Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, , South
Architect In Charge: Jinok Yang
Area: 429.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Trapkay_Junghoon Kim

SYNWHA Consortium Wins Competition to Design Waterfront Park for Busan North Port

Nomad Park. Image Courtesy of SYNWHA Consulting

The Port Authority (BPA) has named the SYNWHA Consortium winners of an international competition for the Busan North Port Redevelopment in South Korea. The winning proposal is an “Interactive Pier” slated to transform the original port into a cultural center that celebrates the marriage of mountains, river, and sea, while crafting dynamic connections between the city of Busan and its seaside.

Oryukdo Gawon Restaurant / Jae Heon Jeong

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Location: Yongho-dong, Nam-gu, , South Korea
Design Team: Yongsik LIM, Yunho LEE
Area: 592.0 sqm
Photographs: Youngchea PARK

Soogook Village / op’us architects

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Architects: op’us architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Woo Daeseung, Cho Seongki, Kim Hyoungjong
Design Team: Park Youseon, Yang Kunsu, Kim Jongdo, Yun Jongwon, Lee Sangdae, Nam Seongjin, Hwang Seoungho, Kim Huiyeon
Area: 1,056 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joonhwan Yoon

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, South . 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: Architects Group RAUM
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 , South Korea. Connecting the citizens of to the waterfront, their design takes it’s inspiration from the particular location in . 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


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


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

Zenith / DeStefano Partners

Rendering from Southwest

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 Busan, .  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

Courtesy of Eirini Androutsopoulou & Dimitra Maniaki

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 ’s past and ’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.