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Busan Opera House Proposal / Ayrat Khusnutdinov

Russian architect, Ayrat Khusnutdinov, shared with us his proposal for the Busan 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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Courtesy of Pelletier de Fontenay

The Busan 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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Courtesy of Nabito Arquitectura

The new Busan 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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Courtesy of Task Architects

Based in Egypt, young architecture firm Task Architects shared with us their proposal for the Busan Opera House competition. With the largest port in the country, Busan 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.

The Key to South Korea’s Future Growth

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Photo by WSTAY - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wstay/

After many years of political turmoil, South Korea has now gained enough economic stability to begin working on its goals of becoming the world’s next major international business hub. This stability has allowed large Korean companies to travel to foreign countries, constructing some of the tallest buildings in the world. Now, however, these companies are taking their designs to their own soil by strategically focusing on areas that will allow for the greatest opportunities for future development. One such area is the city of Songdo. More on this city’s development after the break.

Busan Opera House Competition Proposal / OODA

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Courtesy of OODA

The design for the Busan Opera House by OODA engages itself with the natural topography, articulating a multi leveled building and seamlessly integrating the different cultural activities and programs. The dominant flow circulation, flexibility and concept strategy enables full accessibility as it creates spaces that blur the difference between building and landscape, intensifying the fluidity between interior and exterior spaces, indoor and outdoor venues. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Metropolitan Opera House Competition Proposal / INDEX Architecture

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© INDEX Architecture

The Busan Metropolitan Opera House competition provides an opportunity not only to develop a new performing arts hub for south-eastern Korea, but also to re-consider the icon in architecture and its presence in the 21st century city. The contemporary understanding of the opera house is as a monumental object that is detached from the city, and designed to be appreciated through selected vistas. In the opposite of this, ‘Intermezzo’, designed by INDEX Architecture, seeks to adopt a language of continuity with its context. More images architects’ description after the break.

New Headquarters for GEPS Proposal / Tomoon & HAEMA

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Courtesy of Tomoon & HAEMA

Architecture and Engineering firm, Tomoon, in collaboration with HAEMA, shared with us their winning competition entry for the New Headquarters for GEPS in Geju, South Korea where the city is a gently sloping area located between the old city and new city in Seogwipo and know to be an international trade base and a city of education. Their future-oriented concept is designed by four directions considering sloping ground, wind, scents and views and territoriality. By using this approach, they create an eco-friendly and energy saving building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / ORPROJECT

night view
night view

ORPROJECT shared with us, Anisotropia, a proposal for Busan Opera House based on Klavierstück I, a composition for piano by Orproject director Christoph Klemmt. It is based on a twelve tone row which is repeated and altered by the different voices in order to create complex, rhythmic patterns. More images and project description after the break.

OSKA's House: Secret Garden

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Courtesy of Newsen

The house made famous by “Secret Garden”, a Korean soap opera, hosted a press conference for the actors and gave the shows fans an intimate look at Oska’s house, one of the main characters of the show.  The house is actually owned by cosmetic and health food brand Maiim.  The whole area is called the Maiim Vision Village and is an environmentally-friendly park where the indoors and outdoors are balanced harmoniously.  In some views of the house, one can see how the exterior appears to be a smooth continuation of the interior space.  Floor to ceiling glazing provides views to nature extending beyond the house.  More images after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / WEAVA Architects

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Courtesy of WEAVA Architects

The Busan Opera House proposal, by WEAVA Architects, takes full advantage of its placement within the Marine Culture District; a site advantageous for designating the building as a unique cultural landmark. Their concept embraces both the city and natural landscape by providing two distinct, yet connected faces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Kubota & Bachmann Architects

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Courtesy of Kubota & Bachmann Architects

Located in the Busan North Port development area, the Busan Opera House is home to a cultural complex department, museums, a maritime culture center, a cruise center, waterfront causeway, public parks, an opera, a theater and a business district. It was crucial for Kubota & Bachmann Architects that the BOH program and its architectural form integrate into the existing master plan, and express the new and unique creative character of the Busan North Port. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / sanzpont [arquitectura]

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Courtesy of sanzpont

A proposal made by the twin brothers of sanzpont for the Busan Opera House Competition, the concept of their design is based on the philosophy of Korea, the balance of opposites, the Um-Yang. The fundamental idea is to create an iconic building that represents the culture in which it is immersed, to remind the native people where they come from in order to promote this philosophy to the outside world. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Competition Entry / WAHAG Studio

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Courtesy of WAHAG Studio

WAHAG Studio shared with us their competition entry in the international ideas competition to establish a design for the Busan Opera House, which is expected to begin construction in 2014. The opera house will include a variety of facilities that will foster a wide range of artistic activities all the while being accessible to the city’s citizens. The grand scale of this project will be suitable for Busan’s status as an international city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Korea Teachers Pension Head Office / Tomoon Architects and Engineers

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Courtesy of Tomoon Architects and Engineers

The new office building of The Korea Teachers Pension Head Office was established to bring the unification of three bodies for the stability and efficiency of educational pursuits: Teachers, The Korean Teachers Pension Head Office and the country.  Tomoon Architects and Engineers have designed this facility with these three organizations in mind to achieve this goal in Naju, South Korea. Read on for more on this project after the break.

Box Mobile Gallery / WISE Architecture

© Hwang Hyochel
© Hwang Hyochel

The ‘Box Mobile Gallery’ is a gallery responsive to various exhibition intentions and art media. The gallery consists of 12 panels soft-hinged side by side. Each of these panels features an art work fixed to its inside. The flexibility of the soft hinge system allows the spatial reconfiguration of the gallery, transforming one space to another according to site conditions, exhibition intention, and art media; from independent cells for an individual exhibition, to a common exhibition space for a group exhibition, often times with an introductory area or a court yard, and to a special exhibition space for various art media.

© Hwang Hyochel © Hwang Hyochel © Hwang Hyochel © Hwang Hyochel

Architect: WISE Architecture Location: Jongno-gu Tongin-dong, Seoul, South Korea Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Hwang Hyochel

Buyeo Premium Outlet / Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab

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Courtesy Yamasaki.Ku.Hong Associates

Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab has been awarded first prize for the invited design competition for a new landmark shopping center in Buyeo, Korea. Additional images of the project and the architects process can be viewed after the jump.

South Korean Prime Minister's Office + Residence / PRAUD

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Courtesy PRAUD

Boston based architecture firm, PRAUD, has shared with us a recent competition entry of theirs for the South Korean Prime Minister’s Office and Residence in Sejong City, S. Korea. Follow after the jump for additional images and a concept description from the architects.