Tongyeong Music Hall | 2009 | Tongyeong Harbor, South Korea
Architects: Form4 Architecture
Location: South Korea
FORM4 ARCHITECTURE AWARDED WITH AMERICAN PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTURE 2017
This 1,300-seat concert hall is located on an ocean side bluff overlooking the Tongyeong Harbor in South Korea. Designed to resound the intensity and vibrancy of Korean composer Isang Yun’s music, the concert hall comprises two elements: the upper level, with its metaphorical frozen undulation of water waves and the podium, which at ground level starts as a landform that mimics the ocean. The calm "water" at the base builds into a spatial crescendo culminating in the vertical glass elements that define the lobby. These elongated pieces become sculptural, slightly arching to become emblematic "foam.” The visual result is one of abstracted waves crashing together.