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The OODA Busan Opera House Embodies an Organic Oceanic Influence

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: Sep 5, 2011 • References: ooda.eu and ecofriend
When designing a building planned for the water's edge, architects are afforded the exciting opportunity to appropriately employ marine-influenced forms. The OODA Busan Opera House takes full advantage of the soft spiraling forms of the sea to compose an impressive and iconic monument on a bank in the South Korean city.

The shape of a conch shell was chosen to house the broad public program within the theater building, and where it appears from some perspectives to be hard and impermeable, the glow it emits after sunset reveals an open ribbed skeletal structure.

Despite the solid look of the overarching architectural masses, the interior has been conceived with an interest in adaptability. The pearly vaulted walls of the main auditorium embrace a seating plan that allows for three possible stage locations within the OODA Busan Opera House.