Since 1876, the metropolis of Busan has been one of the world’s premier sites for maritime exchange. The city has grown around its bay in a very tight available space between mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Based on this maritime tradition, the Opera House is designed as a gigantic docked container ship. The program is seen as an “island-building” connected to Busan through the Waterfront park. It extends along a perfect East-West axis, towards sunrise.

The project features a 2.000-seat Opera House, a 1,300-seat Multi-Purpose Theatre, and a smaller 300-seat Theatre. As Busan wishes to be known as a cultural capital, the “island-building” offers an additional traditional korean open theatre as an alternative to the western performing way.

As a link between earth and sea, between tradition and contemporaneity, between South-Korea and the World, the Opera House fully faces its large horizons. As the Yin Yang symbolizes harmony and the perfect balance of all things, the “solid volume” of the Opera House is exactly the same shape and size as the “void volume” is in the traditional theatre.

The “solid” is elevated above the island’s base. Through the preserved “void”, the horizon from the city to the sea is set free.

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architect: Guillaume Ramillien  |  team: Benoît Dumont, Susie Kim   |  status: Competition (2011)  |  competition: Busan Opera House  |  visualizer: Studio  |  scale: 46.500 m2 large  |  types: cultural, opera  |  views: 1.729

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