The site has 360-degrees view and all vistas open up to different attractive scenes of the city, mountains and sea. The egg-shaped buildings are positioned at different angles to take advantage of this 360-degrees view. The building volumes are cut to respond to these views and create a relationship with the surrounding environment.
Three egg-shaped domes located in the middle contain the main opera hall, the multi-purpose theatre and the entrance hall connecting to the two halls. The other four volumes around the central domes are positioned in relation to the axis of the surrounding mountains, which are key elements from the context, as if taking the mountains to the site. This also gives the view out to the mountain scenery from each of the volumes. Also, in return the buildings will sit at the center of the views from the mountains. These four volumes are cut and shaped by arrangements of circles, which are worked out from the center of the view axis. Combinations of circles from the site axis to the surrounding mountainous landscape create the overall shapes of the dome buildings.
The mountains closing in on the city and the bay opening out to the sea create a strong character for Busan’s scenery. The Busan Opera House sits at the center of these scenes. We propose two faces to the building representing Busan’s character. At night, the buildings will light up like bubbles appearing at the water edge as part of the sea, and during the day the buildings are like pebbles as part of the mountains.Location: Busan, South Korea
Architect: Hoshino Architects