OODA: busan opera house
OODA: busan opera house OODA: busan opera house
aug 24, 2011

OODA: busan opera house

‘busan opera house’ by OODA, busan, south korea images courtesy of OODA

portuguese firm OODA has sent images of their design proposal for the ‘busan opera house’ in busan, south korea. the iconic building reminiscent of a seashell is positioned on the edge of the sea symbolically projecting harmonious sounds to the world. the exterior undulates to engage the existing topography while creating a subdivided interior for cultural activities that integrates necessary program requirements for operas, musical venues, theater and sporting events. fluid bands wrapping the structure blur the boundaries between internal and external environments while introducing natural light and cross ventilation.

view from the river

the grand opera auditorium features flexible stage locations and seating arrangements with rotating platforms enabling large and small scale events to occur within the space. accommodating the needs of different concerts, visitors may have a variety of perspectives to view performances with a central stage and perimeter seating or a single view with all seating oriented in the same direction. a secondary multipurpose theater within the smaller volume is interconnected with a banquet hall, convention center, shopping, cafes and restaurants.


perimeter corridor


opera theater


ballet stage


sporting event

at night

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1



programmatic plan

programmatic section

seating layout flexibility for music venues, theater, sporting events and cinema

theater arrangements for opera

landscape diagram

conceptual diagram

  • Niiiiiice! Such a poetic and iconic formal concept!!!
    And Opera Audi´s pure beauty. Huge and and delicate at same time!..

    Camilla says:
  • Can’t believe i just laughed out loud at an architectural rendering . . . . . stupid mop girl

    oneeyedamoeba says:
  • Who won this competition anyway?

    Tourist says:
  • cool!

    EyesWideShut says:
  • muito bom! parabéns

    joao says:
  • This practice does fantastic work! Portuguese architects are really at the forefront of architectural talent these days.

    World Man About Town says:
  • on a par with the Sidney Opera House perhaps…stunning

    Dr. Design says:
  • the auditorium stage looks like an anus

    mmmhhh says:
  • a shell is a shell is a shell.
    not a building.
    horrendous design.

    marton says:
  • Is this a joke?

    ex.: ‘reminiscent of a seashell is positioned on the edge of the sea symbolically projecting harmonious
    sounds to the world.’

    SANCHEZ says:

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