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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 Wahag Studio

August 24th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Wahag Studio

Participation of wahag studio in the international ideas competition to establish a design for the busan opera house to start to construct in 2014 (expected). the opera house will include a variety of facilities that will foster a wide range of artistic activities all the while being accessible to the city’s citizens. the grand scale of this project will be suitable for busan’s status as an international city.


  • Designed by: Wahag Studio
  • Name of Project: Busan Opera House
  • Location: Busan, South korea
  • Type of competition: open international competition
  • Site area: 35,000 m2
  • Team work: wahag studio team
  • Architects: m.mansour gebaly, wael hussein Mahmoud
  • Software used: Rhino and grasshopper for developing the form and the final modeling; for the final render used 3ds Max and photoshop

Open international competition for the design of ‘busan opera house’, a new cultural facility in busan, south korea. featuring an oscillating roof line, the design consists of three ‘peaks’ – the opera house, multipurpose hall, cafe & library zone – that are connected by a form that references the surrounding mountain landscape.

Bird Eye View

The three dancing birds making a ring space which is used as the outdoor plaza, and three main areas, as idea that people, culture and nature meet in one place that combine dancing, singing and performing. Drawing from the concept of tree dancing bird, the building forms a ring around an outdoor plaza that provides an open and public domain for socializing and idea exchange. the heights of the peaks have been determined by the principle program housed within, ensuring an optimal and suitable atmosphere through vertical openness. the interior circulation is provided by ramps, establishing a naturally flowing route throughout the complex.

City section and monochromatic

Form evolution
The target is to merge the exterior with the interior, to make the visitor travel from the work world to the entertainment & culture world, form is combination of (3) buildings in one body surrounding the main plaza that mixes the spirit (the main hall) + the entertainment (multipurpose) + recreation (library & restaurant) in one place adding the city skyline view to the privacy to the place.

Colored Elevations

The project is a symbolic building on the sea front of busan, The idea is to make a building that attracts the eye and feel interested to visit it, as the white color in the morning is so recognized beside the surround skyscrapers , and the lights by night gives it a unique appearance on the sea front. The main entrance comes from the pedestrian bridge direct to the center of the project inside the plaza, so it is easy to know direction and places in the building because of the shape size and facade.


Structure & Colors
Structure is space truss depending on the curvature of the form the weight of building is distributed to the ground. Situated on the sea front of busan, the curved form aim to establish a visually-arresting identity on the site. the skin of the exterior surface will change its hues and colours to amplify the architecture’s curvature while maintaining a dynamic aesthetic. Many Thanks to AORTA for his permission to use his awesome work “Opera Birds“.

Form Evolution




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Categories: 3dS Max, Grasshopper, Opera House, Photoshop, Rhino

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