Busan Opera \ Peter Ruge Architekten

• August 18, 2011

The city of Busan plans to build a new opera house as a new symbol and multifaceted center for culture events and performances for the inhabitants and visitors on their gorgeous waterfront.

Peter Ruge Architekten designed in their brand-new competition entry the opera house as new unique landmark to combine the awesome geographical situation of the site between the green mountains and the blue sea with the requirements on a modern opera and theatre building and necessity of urban public space in the city.

01 BUSAN OPERA Birds eye perspective 600x450 Busan Opera \ Peter Ruge Architekten

Busan Opera, render courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

… the two new public spaces in the concept could get a new importance for the city of Busan – One facing west to the mountain and city side of Busan reserved for public performances – the other one is viewing east to the ocean side to celebrate the annual New Years Sunrise Festival.

In generally the reference to the history of Madang, a traditional open urban used for gathering, happenings and performances is the base for the design of it. Connecting to the two places the two main functions of the Opera House (opera and theatre) are allocated to these plazas. A thin skin, protecting from the sun and water connects the two buildings, leaving in between a pathway open for the public…

05 BUSAN OPERA Perspective from Mountain plaza 600x240 Busan Opera \ Peter Ruge Architekten

Busan Opera, render courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

+ Design statement

Busan has a specific geography: Mountains areas are connecting directly to the Pacific Ocean. With great nature, a high density of population and an urgent demand for public spaces to be used by the inhabitants.

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Busan Opera, render courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

The two new public spaces in the concept could get a new importance for the city of Busan:

  • One facing west to the mountain and city side of Busan reserved for public performances
  • One viewing east to the ocean side to celebrate “New Years Sunrise Festival”

In generally the reference to the history of Madang, a traditional open urban used for gathering, happenings and performances is the base for the design of it.

Connecting to the two places the two main functions of the Opera House (opera and theatre) are allocated to these plazas.

03 BUSAN OPERA Site plan 600x450 Busan Opera \ Peter Ruge Architekten

Busan Opera - Site plan, drawing courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

A thin skin, protecting from the sun and water connects the two buildings, leaving in between a pathway open for the public.

This supports Busan’s natural flow from mountain to the ocean, creating a good harmony between urban space and architecture.

04 BUSAN OPERA Sections 600x450 Busan Opera \ Peter Ruge Architekten

Busan Opera - Sections, drawing courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

The new landmark of Busan’s Opera House reflects the natural and urban energies and connects it to the performing arts spaces of “Madangnoli”, at the Mountain Plaza and the Sunrise Plaza, an urban harmony with a folk performance played by ordinary people.

06 BUSAN OPERA Entrance hall 600x239 Busan Opera \ Peter Ruge Architekten

Busan Opera, render courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

It is changing night and day view by its specific atmosphere.

The Construction of the building is like a wave of sounds as an environmental friendly building reflecting Korea’s path to local sustainability.

+ Project credits / data

BUSAN OPERA
New opera and theatre house in Busan, Republic of Korea
International Competition, 2011

Client: The Busan International Architectural Culture Festival Organizing Committee
Yeonje gu Yeonsan5dong 1000
611-735 Busan
Republic of Korea Korea

Competition team: Peter Ruge Architekten | http://www.peter-ruge.de/
Peter Ruge, Matthias Matschewski, Hyesook Ahn, Kayoko Uchiyama, Barbara Kubicka, Zubin Daboo

Location: Busan, Republic of Korea
Brief: Design of the opera and theatre building including landscape design
Scope of services: Open international competition
Size Site: 34.928 sqm, GFA: 54.000 sqm

+ All images and drawings courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

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