Naturally

The Surface in South Korea

 

 

 

stpmj Architecture

Situation

The Surface is a site-specific and sensually interactive installation in South Corea near Cheonngye and Maebong Mountain, where people can relate to nature in a new way.

We imagined a resilient horizontal surface that covers the sloped grass field. It is comprised of 700 nylon mesh disks, each connected on top of flexible poles.

Dialogue

The nylon meshes morph at different temperatures and humidity, allowing the surface to appear like a living creature. Its responsive property makes interesting dialogues between the states of open-close and light-shadow.

Atmosphere

The nylon meshes also reflect the atmosphere of sunrise and sunset, and seasonal changes of the surrounding landscape.

The Surface sways in the wind, rain, snow, and people. Weaving through it, the people interact with nature visually, auditorily, and tactilely.

Horizon

At the highest elevation of the slope, people can see an endless horizon that reflects the distant and close landscapes, as if they are looking at a surface of water.

When people walk down the slope, they can submerge under the surface, entering the field of thin, flexible poles. Walking between the poles, people can get an impression of a forest, covered by a translucent canopy.

The inflection point of submerging under the surface creates a sudden transition from water to forest. Beyond just being an object, The Surface becomes a sensual medium between the people and nature.

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Project data

Architect

stpmj Architecture Co, Ltd.
300 albany street #5l,
new york, new york 10280, us

Project team

Seung Teak Lee, Mi Jung Lim, Ui Hyun Hwang, Ji Hae Park, Seok Hoon Hwang

Physical address

The Surface
Gwacheon
KOR – Gyeonggi-do

Opening

2020

Photograph

Jihun Bae / Ui Hyun Hwang

Author

stpmj Architecture

© Jihun Bae / Ui Hyun Hwang

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