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There are various works regarding 'site and space' but architecture are highly related to site. The same is true for our Cambodia project, Khmeresque, as well as the process of project in Nepal, Himalesque. The common fact that climate conditions determine the architecture of that site is also true this time. The site beyond the Taebaek Mountains' the spine of the Korean peninsula, is as different as East and West The northeasterly wind coming from the Ulsanbawi Rock and the sea breeze from the East Sea digs up the entire forest full of pines.

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Building an art gallery on a 4,500㎡-vegetable field begins with understanding the wind. Though not as strong as the Himalayan winds, the winds here also have a significant impact on daily life. Three separate buildings, each 150㎡, are connected with a wall, which links the divided areas into one single area of 450㎡. The wall is also an area for the wind to stop by. Considering the nature of wind, it is better to stand with it than to go against it.

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Fences are humble, not fancy ones. The broken rocks and concrete harden once placed and mixed in the mold. The coincidence created by physical properties and combinations rather than plans and intentions end up inevitable after all. If formative arts or sculpture is a result of intended necessity, architecture attempt the exact opposite.

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Won Am ri, the name of town, means 'the rock is the best'. As its name of it, the site is sitting on top of a large rock. No wonder we designed the outdoor gallery with yellow rocks imagining that they rolled down when the Ulsanbawi Rock rose. The broken stones from the tunnel construction and rocks from Won-Am-ri harmonize extremely well, creating the 'Garden of Rock'. This is where the name of the Museum, Bauzium, comes from. Over time, the wind will green the garden, bringing soil and planting seeds in to the cracks of the fence. This, we believe, is how to build

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Bauzium three main pavilions: the 'Modern Sculpture Pavilion' for the permanent exhibition held with the hosts' sculptor collection; the 'KimMyoung-Sook Sculpture Gallery' for her own exhibition and atelier; and the 'Special Pavilion' for special exhibitions and curators. To fill only 10% of the site with architecture, All open areas face the Ulsanbawi Rock. Although the building is facing west, this is the best condition in terms of the order of space.

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We also create a yard by dividing the land into three sections and filling it with water, rocks, and grass. This aims to connect the architecture with the living space where the land owner has lived and cultivated for more than a decade. In the end, the area is a single area consisting four parts. The fence draws a line between spaces. The fence with different length and height are set up, and roofs are placed where the fences overlap and bend. The building does not have a form other than roofs placed somewhere on the walls. Architecture does not boast itself where sculpture is to be presented.

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A steel frame is put in place to build the walls in the humble fences and roof the tops. The fence is a fence, not a wall. But they seem to be overlaped. The waterproof and insulated roof and wall either lean against the wall or stand independently. Unlike paintings that have to hang on walls, sculptures are placed on the floor. Therefore, walls do not face any limitations. We can invite the light to soak through the walls, which serve as a window connecting the inside and out. The water surface reflected in window embodies the pine tree and Ulsanbawi Rock along with the wind.
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Architects : Kim In-cheurl + Archium Location : Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea Designer & Supervisor : Kim Jemin Project Year : 2015 Photographs : Jun Myung-jin, Kim Jemin, Park Young-chae, Thierry Sauvage Structural engineer : Mido partners Electrical engineer : Hyeob-In Consultant Mechanical engineer : Northstar engineering Landscape : Masil nuri Construction : Bongrae Construction Co. Client : Kim Myoung Sook (sculptor) Site area : 4,452㎡ Building area : 553.40㎡ Total floor area : 498.92㎡ Building scope : 1F Structure : Light-Weight Steel + RC Exterior finishing : Coarse Concrete, T24 Low-E pair glass, T0.7 ZM Zinc Interior finishing : selected color-matt-oil paint on plaster board


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Design Strategy & Research Center, Korea Institute of Design Promotion , Yangsan-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea

The characteristics of space where people like Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, The Beatles, and Steve Jobs who delivered innovative thinking and message mostly stayed was freedom and expandability. In their youth, unusual but magnificent and cozy places like barn, storage, factory, and garage were the source of inspiration for their creative thinking. This BARN was an excellent functional and emotional space typology where amplifies ventilation, three dimensional expandability, and emotional inspiration through depth in space.

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Design seeks for esthetics which practicality and sensibility are well balanced. We suggest newly interpreted DESIGN BARN as a typology of lab where handles designs that are endlessly creative and challenging for innovative thinking.

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We expect a birth and reaction of innovative thoughts for our next generation through people who work, research, and visit this lab.

Architects : THE_SYSTEM LAB Location : Yangsan-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea Design Team : Sanghyun Park, Choonglyeol Lee, Younghwan Kim, Jinman Choi, Jongkil Kim, Jinchul Choi Area : 6311.13 m2 Project Year : 2015 Photographs : Yongkwan Kim Structure : THE KUJO Co., Ltd Machine Electricity : HANA Consulting Engineers Co., Ltd Lighting : EONSLD Constructor : TAESONG Construction Co., Ltd Site Area : 3,576.87 m2


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Located in Seoul, South Korea, the 4400+ sq m Christian Dior Flagship Store features a prominent sculptural white facade inspired by the shape and movement of fabric. Designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc together with indigenous architects DPJ & Partners, the facade of the store is composed of 11 curvaceous panels (each one measuring 6m x 20m) of self-standing Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic (GFRP).

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I wanted the building to represent Dior and to reflect Christian Dior’s work. So I wanted the surfaces to flow, like the couturier’s soft, woven white cotton fabric. These surfaces, which soar into the sky and undulate as if in motion, crossed by a few lines, are made from long moulded fiber glass shells, fitted together with aircraft precision.

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In Seoul, where the quadrangular buildings align with the avenue, and which are all occupied by leading international fashion labels, the building stands out like a large sculptural tribute to Dior, inviting everyone to step inside.

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The entrance, where two shells come together, is a sort of modern lancet arch, in which two metal mesh surfaces cross in line with the clothing metaphor. Once inside, the customer makes a succession of discoveries – a feature typical of the interiors designed by Peter Marino.

Architects : Christian de Portzamparc Location : 464 Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea Local Architect / Project Manager : DPJ & Partners, Architecture Area : 4408.0 sqm Project Year : 2015 GFRP Façade Development : DPJ & Partners, Architecture Design Base Structural Engineer : CS Structural Engineering GFRP Façade Quality Control : Bureau Veritas Lighting Designer : L’Observatoire International Main Contractor : Kolon Global Corporation GFRP Façade Sub-contractor : Design Base Metal Façade & Curtain Wall Sub-contractor : Iljin Unisco Photos: Nicolas Bore

Christian de Portzamparc

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