Norwegian firm Snohetta has won an invited competition to design a recognisable world-class opera house in the South Korean city of Busan.
The brief requested the architect to design a symbolic landmark on a 34,928m2 site facing out towards the sea.
Snohetta’s concept links the ocean and mountains through huge panels of glass.
Externally the building takes a ‘X’ shape with curved lines echoing the waves which lap the shore.
Pedestrians will be able to walk on the roof of the building, through which an illuminated bulb will emerge.