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The nest of Yellow Owl : Mum. Paju Book City District 2 is a great place where architects can experiment varied designs.

The District 1 in which numerous buildings come together and define spaces is created as a culture & arts complex for publishing/music industry whereas the District 2 is planned by solving various problems found in the District 1 and arranged to accommodate even more companies. And there, inspired by the atmosphere of this culture & amp; arts complex, many companies have built their own buildings displaying all sorts of unique characters.

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Located in District 2 block 9, Mum is an English education company having a logo where an owl with big black eyes appears on a yellow background. The logo has a story of the adventure, challenge and passion of a yellow owl Mu; which sets out to search for the 13th planet of the solar system. the last uncharted planet M.Impressed by the logo, the architect, in the early stage of design, suggested a nest-shape building as he wanted to introduce a space where the owl can rest comfortably. However, in the end, the building is finalized in the form of a stump looking naturally settled down on the ground.

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Entirely covered with black brick, the building has a twisted rectangular shape, and its entrance defined by the incised surface of the distorted structure makes it difficult to distinguish between the front and the back. In contrast to the torn entrance, 2m×2m large windows are installed as openings in order to enhance the sense of openness on the lower floors. To block out the excessive light flowing into the upper floors, the architect designed lintels to be closed gradually rather than installing smaller windows on those floors. And by using the twisted form and repetitive wall pattern, the architect gave a sense of rhythm to the black building which can look plain.

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As the Paju Book City area except for its reserved building construction sites is well arranged systematically, and considering that the area’s cold climate condition, the building is designed as introverted rather than as extroverted. In the atrium of the building, a vertical circulation which runs throughout the whole building and a terraced vertical garden meet at right angles. The building’s exterior is formed in a rectangular shape whereas its interior is composed with a T-shape atrium and ㄷ-shape office area. This specific solution enables the light from the outside to come deep inside through the atrium and so bright up the whole area. The atrium garden allows people to enjoy a brief rest without going outside, and the vertical circulation encourages communication among them and so ends up making the building more lively.

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Architects : Wise Architecture Location : Munbal-dong, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea Area : 2547.6 m2 Project Year : 2015 Photographs : Kyung Roh Client : MU:M ENGLISH Site Area : 990.8 m2 Site coverage area : 479.55m2 Finish : Black Brick, White Clay Brick

Wise Architecture

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SH TALKER ver Original , Size: 7 inches (bottom to head ), 20 Hand-Made Limited Edition

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Baby Horns S.3 10 Fort Nox ver. SML

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Baby Horns S.3 FORT KNOX ver. X KIDDO

Hands In Factory is a team made up of UpteMPo and ROCKOON. They design characters and toys based on street and urban cultural feelings.

They have created and produced their representative works ‘RUNNING HORNS’ andPROBLEM CHILDREN, OCEANS CREW, APE TOWN, which are their original series. From designing and producing prototypes to completing, they have been working in various fields in illustration, graphics and product production concentrating on art toy.

Hands In Factory

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164209-1660227 55 x 40 x 18 cm

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210243-211109 16 x 20 x 14 cm

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145763-147167 20 x 20 x 20 cm

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WFG 31 55 x 55 x 30 cm

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WFG 02 14 x 90 x 25 cm

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WFG 01 19 x 32 x 72 cm

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The laps of time involves duration, repetition, transformation, circulation. It is continuous, repetitive and circular. the change always follows with the repetition and circulation. This time is along with nature as well as human. However, modern society increasingly separates it between human and nature, which has become the main cause of the alienation of human beings, and prevalent in modern society. In the boundary of art, a study of the laps of time is ultimately a study of the human.

Samuel Beckett revealed the laps of time in nature in his play ‘Waiting for Godot’, by the two main characters repeatedly waiting for the Godot. Beckett’s plays become the motives of my work and title. Working with the clay as a natural material is unifying the time of nature and human. The clay contains the time of duration, repetition, transformation and circulation.

And the artist inevitably harmonize himself with the laps of time in nature. and the one who work with have to match the time with it inevitably, in order to work with. I think the essentiality of the clay material is the laps of time, and worked through with the clay to reveal the laps of time. The continuos repetition of labor would be inevitable in order to visualize infinite of time because human is mortal. Putting the serial numbers and attaching tens of thousands of small blocks leads me to the stage of impassivity and makes super temporal experience.

I discover myself in super temporal experience. The experience of these can be passed through by the work made by constant repetition of labor, to the audience too.I tried to visualize and record the laps of time in nature by working with it. The continuing repetition of labor helps me to overcome with alienation of human beings and to discover myself by the super temporal experience. Recording the laps of time gets its meaning only when performed repeatedly for a long time and it can deliver to audiences.

So, I think the last three years of work experience is not me long. On the basis of what I have studied, I will try to get closer to the repetitive and circular time of nature by continuing repetition of labor. - BAE SE JIN

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Bae Sejin is a ceramicist based in Seoul. He received his B.F.A and M.F.A. from Seoul National University in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

In 2015, he received the bronze prize in the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale International Competition, silver in the Cheongju International Craft Competition and bronze in the Korea Ceramic Arts Award of Korea. He has also been selected for numerous other ceramic and craft competitions in Korea and Taipei.

He has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions in the UK, the United States, Italy, Germany, and many more.


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