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Nonhyun Matryoshka is located in a residential area of four to five-story buildings, situated deep within Gangnam’s main street. Existing housing developments usually require closed boundaries to prevent an invasion of privacy. However, new neighbourhood living facilities desire demarcation in order to populate each domain with its own distinctive features, as these spaces are made up of many diverse programs. As such, it has been planned to mark this duality.

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The site is rectangular with pyramidal frame, tapering at the top due to setback regulations. A hard crust has been built here to make the internal space flexible. This crust becomes a structure which includes a boundary within a boundary, becoming smaller and overlapping at the top. Just like the Russian doll Matryoshka, it is a repeating and overlapping “object within a similar object”.

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Forming a flexible layer of air, this provides not only a room to continuously create private narratives within its scope, but also the privacy demanded by both this building and the surrounding houses. This creates a mise en obyme that keeps creating a box-in-a-box and a story-in-a-story, as if parallel mirrors place us within an endless infinite relationship. Although a building can be said to externally form a boundary, self-enclosed and set apart from surrounding buildings in a residential area, it has to become “Matryoshka”, inclusive of its own private landscape.

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Architects : L’EAU design Location : 18-2, Nonhyun-Dong, Gangnam-Gu - Seoul, Seoul, South Korea Architect in Charge : Kim Dong-jin Design Team : Lee Sanghak, Ju Ikhyeon, Jung Donghui, Park Haein, Yoon Jihye, Kwon Jungyeol, Kim Minji Area : 280.26 m2 Project Year : 2016 Photographs : Kim Yongkwan Structure Engineer : SDM Structural Engineering Mechanical & Electrical Engineer : HANA Consulting Engineers Co.,LTD. Construction supervision

l’eau design

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Gate room for the mountain 2012.11~2014.10

design group OZ

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1. Fabric - Fabric is a flat material. It is used as a flexural surface of an object which is contacted to the human body such as clothes, bedding, and so on. We would like to interpret two-dimensional features of the fabric from a three-dimensional perspective by transforming it from a flat surface to a three-dimensional structure. This is done via stacking thin layers of fabric, not via a standard way like cutting, folding, or sewing.

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2. Stacking Fabric - Natural felt is a fiber-entangled texture that is produced by applying heat, moisture, and pressure to wool. It is widely used from the fashion field to the industrial field because of its flexibility and solidity of entangled fiber. Stacking these felt fabric reinforces its natural flexibility and satisfies simultaneously the function of a substantial furniture as well. And the mass of felt made by stacking fabric via a simple and primitive act provides the heaviness like concrete mass.

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3. Floating Fabric - The interior space of the cafe, ‘On ne sait jamais’, is consist of a bottom space where heavy felt furnitures are placed and an overhead space where floating fabrics are hanging. It is possible for the steel structures at the overhead space to move horizontally through the rail which is integrated with light fixtures. And it supports a rearrangement of the layout in order for the demand of users or an upcoming event at the cafe. The fabric hanging from the overhead structure is a very delicate translucent fabric which is distinct from the felt fabric at the bottom space. Being different from the heaviness of the stacking felt, the floating fabric provides sensitive movements responded by behaviors of visitors and micro airflow. How this strange but familiar space made by differences of material properties is going to be understood by visitors is ‘On ne sait jamais’.

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* The French expression 'On ne sait jamais' means 'You never know'.

Project Information Project: On ne sait jamais, Pangyo / 옹느세자매 판교 Architects: NAMELESS Architecture Project Team: Unchung Na, Sorae Yoo, Jungho Lee, Goeun Hong Client: On ne sait jamais / 옹느세자메 Photo: Kyung Roh Location: Pangyo / 531, Baekhyeon-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea Use: Cafe Area: 90.0㎡ Contractor: Jusung Materials: Steel, Wood, Felt, Glass, Fabrics Completion: 2016

Nameless Architecture

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