‘busan opera house’ by sanzpont [arquitectura], busan, south korea all images courtesy of sanzpont [arquitectura]

barcelona-based practice sanzpont [arquitectura] has submitted their proposal for the ‘busan opera house‘ international competition for busan, south korea. the form is derived from the balance of opposites referred to as the ‘um-yang’ within the culture of the local inhabitants. interpreting the ancient philosophy within a cutting edge external appearance establishes a connection between the past and present while signifying its long life into the future. integrating natural and urban areas throughout the building’s diverse public spaces shows respect for the environment while promoting sustainability.

sanzpont [arquitectura]: busan opera house exterior

multicolored LED lights glow through the skin’s double layers of translucent EFTE while filtering daylight entering the interior. the facade’s integrated photovoltaic solar panels capture and generate clean energy. the extensive green roof regulates temperature to reduce heat island effect while also insulating the interior from heat loss. harvested rainwater contributes to bathroom facilities and is stored for irrigation of the surrounding landscape. visitors access the museum from an elevated pedestrian walkway with opportunities for panoramic vistas that lead to four plazas symbolizing the elements of fire, earth, water and metal.

sanzpont [arquitectura]: busan opera house aerial view

sanzpont [arquitectura]: busan opera house view from the sea

sanzpont [arquitectura]: busan opera house overlooking the ocean at sunset

sanzpont [arquitectura]: busan opera house aerial view of site

sanzpont [arquitectura]: busan opera house site plan

sanzpont [arquitectura]: busan opera house floor plans

sanzpont [arquitectura]: busan opera house floor plans

sanzpont [arquitectura]: busan opera house concept

sanzpont [arquitectura]: busan opera house skin innovation

sanzpont [arquitectura]: busan opera house sustainable design features

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