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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Busan Opera House in South Korea by Kubota & Bachmann Architects

August 14th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kubota & Bachmann Architects

Busan is the fifth largest port of the world. The BUSAN OPERA HOUSE (BOH) is located in the Busan North Port development area. This zone is home to a cultural complex department, museums, a maritime culture center, a cruise center, waterfront causeway, public parks, an opera, a theater and a business district. It is crucial that the BOH program and its architectural form integrate into the existing master plan, and express the new and unique creative character of the Busan North Port.

Final Exterior

  • Architects: Kubota & Bachmann Architects
  • Project: Busan Opera House
  • Location: Busan, South Korea
  • Client: Busan Metropolitan City
  • Type of Competition: Open International Competition
  • Program: Opera house (2,000 seats), Multi Purpose Theater (1,300 seats), Common area andAuxiliary facilities
  • Competition Study Area: 35 000 m²
  • Total floor area: 60 000 m²
  • Software used: Rhinocéros, 3dSMax, Autocad

Final masterplan

  • Schedule: The construction start to construct in 2014 (expected)
  • Result (12th August 2011): Conpetition Entry
  • Competition entry submission: August 2011
  • Designer: Toshihiro KUBOTA & Yves BACHMANN
  • Landscape Architect: Bassinet Turquin Paysage
  • Environmental Engineer: Øyvind VESSIA
  • Perspectives: Sebastien Rageul
  • Architects Design: Ikbal BOUAITA
  • Artist Collaboration: Clement Valla


The BOH is situated at the southern end of a new artificial island. The form of the proposed project is a direct result of the site conditions: on the one hand, the plan is a response to the island’s outline, and on the other hand, the form of the BOH recalls the silhouette of the mountains surrounding the city. The circular form is also designed to allude to the Taegeuk and the traditional ceramic base. The smooth shape is meant to be a contemporary interpretation of these elements of traditional Korean culture. As a result, the BOH is designed to provide harmony and balance to the Busan North Port Development.

Interior view final

A particularly key and innovative feature of the proposed design for the BOH is its patio formed by a void in the center of the new Opera House. This void is at the center of the site, and is also at the heart of the project. As Anish Kapoor said, “Emptiness does lead to emptiness”. Everything is organized around this central void: a circular foyer makes a loop and connects the Opera, the Multipurpose Theater and the Multipurpose Hall. This emptiness (which is actually a major space that gives this project an innovative identity) shrouds an exterior bench surrounding a water pond that is directly connected to the sea. This void provides an exceptional location for theatrical events – an extension of the shows occurring inside the BOH- this creating an animated and exceptional space in the Busan North Port.

Night view final

The temporary stage on the floating platforms in the pond combined with LED screen system -that constitutes a sun protection system for the foyer and ensures a warm space- on the facade of the patio offers a waterfront spectacle every night for all Busan inhabitants. The BOH is in harmony with the spirit of Busan Port like a beat flowing with music. The chorus lies in the heart of the busan north port: a multitude of impressions coming from multiple sources blend naturally to form a harmonious whole, creating a dramatic and emotional space. and of course, the natural beauty of the Lake Melasjärvi.

Photo NB

Company profile :
Kubota and Bachmann Architects LCC is a modern and dynamic architecture firm based in Zurich, Switzerland. Although Kubota and Bachmann Architects LCC was founded only in December 2010, the collaboration of Toshihiro Kubota and Yves Bachmann has a rich and varied history dating back to their first encounter in 2001 at Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris.

Photo Bachmann

Born in Ibaraki (Japan), Toshihiro Kubota works since 2000 on a regular basis with Ateliers Jean Nouvel and was appointed partner in 2007. He played inter alia a key role actively in the Denmark Radio Concert Hall Copenhagen, the Paris Philharmonic and the Atlantis 3000 Casino Complex in Las Vegas.


The Swiss architect Yves Bachmann left Ateliers Jean Nouvel in 2003 to start working for Iria Degen Interiors. He was actively involved in the conception of luxury resorts, offices and homes as for instance the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town and the Restaurant Globus Löwenplatz in Zurich.


With awards received for an international master plan competition in Zurich and the Maritime Culture and Pop Music Center in Kaoshiung (Taiwan), the Kubota and Bachmann Architects LCC demonstrates competencies in a wide range of disciplines. Its creative team covers all domains of architecture, interior design and urbanism. Last but not least a joint venture with landscape architects and environmentalists contribute to the success story of Kubota and Bachmann Architects LCC.




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