The Sanzpont twins took their cutting edge architectural vision to new heights with this latest design for the Busan Opera House in Korea. Not only does it have a philosophical depth that will unite the locals with their spiritual heritage, but it also showcases a bevy of sustainable features. Let's start with the building's skin, which controls the LED RGB lighting that illuminates the building at night. During the day, the shaded facade deflects solar gain and encourages natural ventilation, while at the same time generating electricity through its integrated photovoltaic solar panels. These techniques ensure that Korea's iconic cultural fixture won't have a massive energy footprint. And finally, if you've caught your breath, the green roof and multiple green terraces will be totally accessible to visitors.
The building’s LED RGB lighting lights up inside a double layer of nebular gradient silkscreened ETFE and the printed texture gradients the opacity of the skin to control sunlight and lighting. By controlling the intensity and the RGB gradients of the LEDs, the skin creates “Energy Flow in Motion”. If that is difficult to understand (I’ll admit I had trouble), this animated video by Sanzpont will help you visualize how the process would work. In the meantime, Sanzpont isn’t all about technology. They also understand the importance of urban green spaces, which is why they’ve proposed for the opera house to be completely passable.
As an extension of the city’s parks, just about every horizontal area of the building’s exterior surface becomes a fun path to walk along: the green roof, the terraces, and the four plazas. Rainwater is harvested here too and is then used in the bathroom facilities, while greywater is eventually treated and reused for landscape irrigation. Nothing goes to waste. The gargantuan green roof also helps to keep the building cool, and provides much needed oxygen. This project not only stretches the limits of our imagination, but it also gives back to the natural environment in which it will hopefully be built. Check out our other Sanzpont Arquitectura projects like this shape-shifting bridge for even more mind-blowing architecture experiences!