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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Busan Cinema Centre, Busan, Korea

Austrian firm Coop Himmelb(l)au to break ground on first Korean project and second largest design to date
Busan Cinema Centre represents a milestone for Austrian firm Coop Himmelb(l)au as the first project in Korea and their second largest ever undertaking. Hur Nam-sik, Mayor of the City of Busan, Yu In-Chon, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism in South Korea and Wolf D. Prix, Design Principal and co-founder of Coop Himmelb(l)au will celebrate the groundbreaking of the entertainment centre tomorrow.

The foundation stone laying ceremony will take place concurrently with the opening of the 13th International Film Festival in the City of Busan.

Commissioned in 2005, the design features an 85 meter roof cantilever which will create a multimedia public urban space.

“The roof as signature and symbol for activity has been one of the topics our team has been working on for the past years”, says Wolf D. Prix. “Our architectural aim to defy gravity reached a new turning point by designing one of the biggest roof cantilevers in our design history which actually never touches the ground – the connection emerges only by the rise of the landscape”.

The roof appears as if it was a cloud hovering above the centre creating a vibrant landmark and protecting a vast 4,000 seat outdoor cinema and event space. The project will also include studios, offices, creative space and a convention center for the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). A 1,000 seat multi-functional musical, performance, concert and cinema theater is at the heart of a 4-screen specialized “CineMountain” which acts as a commercial theater and cinema center during non-festival times.

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