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.
The formal approach is driven from the natural proportion of the program merged with inspirational themes (like sea shells – music – and butterfly typical pacific fish) that allows the building to assume its own unique charm and identity. The formal image with its vibrant and meaningful presence helps to create a brand new-age landmark for South Korea as a strong symbolic voice to the world like an iconic shell sound towards the sea.
The Opera Auditorium has a pioneering and innovative design concept. It is as flexible and efficient as it is elegantly sculpted. The center area can rotate around itself so, in the same space, it is possible to have an Opera with all its requirements, but also some more intimate concerts and a centered stage venue allowing to have an audience all around.
The multi-purpose theatre has its own identity and articulation. According the design concept, it could be used from multiple perspectives and programmatic needs. The auxiliary facilities (high level restaurants, café/bars, shopping, convention center, exhibition space, banquet hall, event room, etc) flows all along both the main structures creating a perfect bind between all.
The building envelope is devised as a continuous skin that is embedded with multiple levels of program. Natural light, cross ventilation, access and views become the key operators of the transition between interior and exterior. The organic morphology blends perfectly with the landscape and is designed to symbolize the new Busan Spirit and identity.
Architects: OODA Location: Busan, South Korea Team: Diogo Brito, Rodrigo Vilas-Boas, Francisco Lencastre, Francisco Rugeroni, Ezhil Vigneswaran, Francisca Lopes dos Santos