COOP HIMMELB(L)AU's Busan Cinema Center
Vienna — The groundbreaking of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU's Busan Cinema Center will be celebrated in attendance of Hur Nam-sik, Mayor of the City of Busan, Yu In-chon, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism South Korea and Wolf D. Prix, Design Principal and co-founder of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU at the site of the future Busan Cinema Center on Oct. 2, 2008.
Concurrently to the opening of the 13th International Film Festival the City of Busan will lay the foundation stone for the Busan Cinema Center designed by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU.
Commissioned in 2005, this distinguished design with its 85 meter roof cantilever creating a multimedia public urban space represents after the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany the second largest building and the first project under construction in Korea of the Austrian team.
"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".