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Busan Opera House by Wahag Studio

Busan Opera House Wahag Studio

Project: Busan Opera House Birdeye
Designed by Wahag Studio
Architects: M.Mansour Gebaly, Wael Hussein Mahmoud
Client: The Busan International Architectural Culture Festival Organizing Committee
Location: Busan, South Korea
Scope: 35,000 sqm
Architecture practice Wahag Studio shares with us their latest, Busan Opera House design entry for the noted international ideas competition. Wahag Studio's design successfully merges exterior with the interior and located on the seafront the building would become an impressive landmark for the city of Busan. 

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From the Architects:

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.

Busan Opera House Wahag Studio

Open international competition for the design of 'Busan Opera House', a new cultural facility in Busan, South Korea. Featuring an oscillating roof line, the design consists of three 'peaks' – the opera house, multipurpose hall, cafe & library zone – that are connected by a form that references the surrounding mountain landscape.

The three dancing birds making a ring space which is used as the outdoor plaza, and three main areas, as idea that people, culture and nature meet in one place that combine dancing, singing and performing

Drawing from the concept of tree dancing bird, the building forms a ring around an outdoor plaza that provides an open and public domain for socializing and idea exchange. The heights of the peaks have been determined by the principle program housed within, ensuring an optimal and suitable atmosphere through vertical openness. The interior circulation is provided by ramps, establishing a naturally flowing route throughout the complex.

Busan Opera House Wahag Studio

Form Evolution:
The target is to merge the exterior with the interior, to make the visitor travel from the work world to the entertainment & culture world, form is combination of (3) buildings in one body surrounding the main plaza that mixes the spirit (the main hall) + the entertainment (multipurpose) + recreation (library & restaurant) in one place adding the city skyline view to the privacy to the place.

 The project is a symbolic building on the sea front of busan, the idea is to make a building that attracts the eye and feel interested to visit it, as the white color in the morning is so recognized beside the surround skyscrapers , and the lights by night gives it a unique appearance on the sea front.

 The main entrance comes from the pedestrian bridge direct to the center of the project inside the plaza, so it is easy to know direction and places in the building because of the shape size and facade.

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Structure & Colors: 
Structure is space truss depending on the curvature of the form the weight of building is distributed to the ground.

Situated on the sea front of Busan, the curved form aim to establish a visually-arresting identity on the site. The skin of the exterior surface will change its hues and colours to amplify the architecture's curvature while maintaining a dynamic aesthetic.

Many Thanks to AORTA for his permission to use his awesome work "Opera Birds".

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