Project: Busan Opera House
Designed by Diana Q. de Saul and Alejendro Munevar
Client: The Busan International Architectural Culture Festival Organizing Committee
Location: Busan, South Korea
Diana Q. de Saul and Alejendro Munevar take the best out of parametricism movement in architecture and create their outstanding proposition for the design of Busan Opera House in South Korea.
From the Architect Diana Q. de Saul:
The proposal consists of an organic building-scape which allows for a variety of recreational and educational activities while creating a cultural icon for Busan. 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. From this parametric interaction the building emerges as the non-linear product of three analogical volumes. Each component can function independently yet is part of the same overall structure, inter-connected through the control point-responsive use of smooth spatial transitions.
These three volumes comprise: an opera house with a capacity of 2000 people, a multi-purpose theater with a capacity of 1500, and an art exposition room for exhibits and rehearsals. The central plaza functions as an articulatory component serving as a meeting point and public space for social activities and includes a multi-use amphitheater. The use of roof gardens allows for the important application of green energy technology, effectively integrating the lush regional environment with the city Opera.