Snøhetta recently won an international competition to design a new opera house for the city of Busan, South Korea. The site of the opera house literally sits on the intersection of heaven, earth, and water (Kun, Kon, and Kam respectively). These trigrams are classically important to Korean culture, and therefore the form of the building reflects the bending and meeting of these three components.
The geometry of Snøhetta’s Busan Opera House twists and bends in a way to open the flowing public entrances around the building, while still accommodating the programmatic elements in the building. Just as the trigram dictates, the building lifts to meet the sea and sky, while being solidly fixed to the ground.
The compact nature of the building provides the client with an economic and sustainable solution for the site. The sustainable elements of the project provide for the building to have a sustainable long-term maintenance plan for the building. Snøhetta brings their wealth of knowledge of previously designed public buildings in Oslo, which seemingly represent a modern relationship between the opera, the user, and the public. The typology that they have presented lends itself to expand the inviting and open participation of the building at an entrance level. This helps to present an urban context that is friendly to the general public and encourages social activity.
For more information about the programmatic orientation of the Busan Opera House visit Bustler.net.