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IwamotoScott architecture: Trifold Madang is IwamotoScott’s entry for the Busan Opera House design competition. The title refers to the proposal’s formal schema as well as the cultural beginnings of opera in Korea. Our design research uncovered an interesting spatio-historical aspect of the tradition of opera performance in Korea—that it took place in Madang, or public outdoor courtyard spaces. Our proposal organizes the given tripartite program of the Busan Opera House and its major vertical circulation around three triangular voids.
A fourth triangular void is situated at the buildings center at the top of a podium mound, atop of which forms the main lobby space of the project.
A dynamically modulated structural skin adapts to the building’s sculptural form—itself a three-dimensional interpretation of the SamKaeguk, a tri-lobed variation of the Taeguk national symbol of South Korea. This is a direct response to the competition brief’s request for the Opera House to bring an iconic presence to the harbor front, as the centerpiece of the new North Point Maritime Cultural District. The design approach also produces the affect of an architecture that is simultaneously inward and outward focused, with the three helical/triangular stairs wrapping the voids and culminating in roof terraces orienting out to the harbor, the city and surrounding mountains.
Principals: Lisa Iwamoto & Craig Scott
Project Team: Sean Canty, Jeremy Jih, Paul Cattaneo, Mazyar Kahali, & Ryan Golenberg.