Daegu Opera House

The Daegu Opera House is a horseshoe-shaped auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,508. The opera house contains orchestra level and parterre seating; three balconies wrap around a hall dominated by a shallow dome. FDA has carved lighting coves into the dome so that stage lighting creates minimal architectural intrusion in the elegant, simple room. The flexible stage, which can be adapted for different performance requirements (music, opera and dance) includes a rear stage as well as left and right side stages to facilitate the efficient movement of large scenic elements. A stage lift also connects to an understage area to facilitate scenery storage. The spacious orchestra pit is equipped with two lifts to accommodate both large and small orchestras alongside performers on stage.

FDA helped to plan and design extensive support facilities include dressing rooms, conductors’ suites, practice rooms, a cafe, and a parking garage under the lobby.

Cheil Industries (‘Jeil Mojik’ in Korean) the parent company of Samsung Group, funded the entire project cost in fulfillment of a pledge to share a portion of their corporate profits with the citizens of South Korea.

  • Client: Cheil Industries
  • Architect: Samoo Architects & Engineers
  • Completion Year: 2003
  • Location: Daegu, Korea
  • Acoustician: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
  • Building Size: 185,000 s.f.
  • Capacity: 1,508 seats


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