MASS STUDIES

SONGWON ART CENTER

MASS STUDIES

Photos courtesy of Kyungsub Shin

SONGWON ART CENTER

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Fuji Bldg. 4F 683-140 Hannam 2-dong Yongsan-gu
Seoul 140-892, Korea
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Category:
Arts
Project selected:
SONGWON ART CENTER
Location:
Seoul, Korea
Year:
2012

Buk-Chon, where Songwon Art Center is located, is one of the few areas that were less affected by the heavy wave of development that has been sweeping through Korea since the fifties.
The townscape is based on an irregular network of streets that weave through the area, where the han-ok is the dominating architectural typology. During the past 10 years Buk-Chon has seen lots of buzz primarily caused by the newfound interest of the public on the traditional townscapes. Han-oks (traditional Korean houses) have become a subject of admiration again, and many commercial/ cultural businesses have been brought into the area to take advantage of this setup.
In this social context, it is consensual that any new development in the area intrinsically faces the challenge to simultaneously conserve existing values, and contribute in a new way to what already is. Not surprisingly, with our project we faced numerous restrictions and conditions that were inherent to the site. The design development process took an unusual amount of time – as we neither wanted this project to become a compromise to the restrictions nor a mere negotiation between the contextual obligations. The design is a result of optimizing the parameters, sensitively reacting to the surrounding and simultaneously developing a rigorous logic.


MASS STUDIES

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Was founded in 2003 by Minsuk Cho in Seoul, Korea, as a critical investigation of architecture in the context of mass production, intensely over-populated urban conditions, and other emergent cultural niches that define contemporary society. Amid the many frictions defining spatial conditions in the twenty-first century, namely past vs. future, local vs. global, utopia vs. reality, and individual vs. collective, Mass Studies focuses on the operative complexity of these multiple conditions instead of striving for a singular, unified perspective. For each architectural project, which exists across a wide range of scales, Mass Studies explores issues such as spatial systems/ matrices, building materials/techniques, and typological divergences to foster a vision that allows the discovery of new socio/cultural potential.
 

Main projects:
Southcape Owner’s Club: Golf Clubhouse, Tee House 1, Tee House 2, Gate House, Dormitory, Namhae, Korea, 2013
EG Soul Leaders: Stocky Bundle Matrix, 2013
Osulloc: Tea Stone, Innisfree, Annex, Jeju, Korea, 2013
Four Courtyards: Le Beige, Seoul, Korea, 2012
Songwon Art Center, Seoul, Korea, 2012
Daum Space.1, Jeju, Korea, 2012
World Expo 2010 Shanghai: Korea Pavilion, Shanghai, China, 2010
Missing Matrix Building: Boutique Monaco, Seoul, Korea, 2008
Ann Demeulemeester Shop, Seoul, Korea, 2007
Ring Dome, NY, USA; Kitakyushu, Japan; Milan, Italy; Yokohama, Japan, 2007

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