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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 in Republic of Korea by Peter Ruge Architekten designed using Rhino

August 18th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Peter Ruge Architekten

New opera house in Busan, Republic of Korea

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.

Night perspective

  • Architect: Peter Ruge Architekten
  • Name of Project: Busan opera
  • Location: Busan, Republic of Korea
  • Competition: 2011
  • Size  GFA: 54.000 sqm
  • Client: The Busan International Architectural Culture Festival Organizing Committee
  • Team: Peter Ruge, Matthias Matschewski, Hyesook Ahn, Kayoko Uchiyama, Barbara Kubicka, Zubin Daboo
  • Brief: Design of the opera and theatre building including landscape design
  • Scope of services: Open international competition
  • Software used: Rhino for the 3d model and 3DSMax for the final rendering.

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”

Bird Eye Perspective

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.

Entrance hall

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.


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. 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.

Site plan




Perspective from Mountain plaza



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Categories: 3dS Max, Opera House, Rhino

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