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Element house / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

  • 01:00 - 23 July, 2012
Element house / Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Element house / Rintala Eggertsson Architects, © Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh
© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh

© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh © Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh © Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh © Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect

    Sami Rintala
  • Landscape Architects

    Eedo Space Architectural Design, Seúl, Republic of Korea
  • Collaborators

    John Roger Holte, Artist, Norway; Finnforest, Wood
  • Materials

    Steel, Wood, Concrete, Gravel, Glass
  • Construction

    October-December 2005
  • Client

    Anyang City / Public Art Project
  • Area

    72.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

From the architect. I received an interesting invitation last May. In the Seoul metropolitan area there is a satellite city called Anyang, a small, in Korean context, suburban town with 700.000 inhabitants.

© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh
© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh

The city had decided to invite several international architects and artists to participate the design of a new park. The project, called Anyang Public Art Park, relates to the concept of art and architecture parks in Japan, the largest of which is Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial area in Niigata.

© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh
© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh

section 03

Following the Korean life rhythm and style the timetable was very tight. Planning started already while choosing the site. Sketches were to be delivered the next day. Due to the rushing I had difficulties to follow the constant changes in my drawings. Luckily I could redo some of the important details later while working on the construction site. Working with the Koreans was in spite of lack of time very pleasant, sometimes even funny.

The park is situated in a river valley. The building itself is standing on top of a small forest hill, along an outdoor route leading to the mountains in the far end of the park. Main space is a larger steel cube. Four smaller wooden rooms are connected to this space in different floors. In each of these small rooms there is the presence of one nature element; In cellar water, on courtyard soil, in first floor fire and in the attic air.

© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh
© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh

On practical level, the idea of the work is to offer a simple shelter where the hikers may rest, enjoy their lunch, have a view over the mountains or light a stick of incense. For this purpose Norwegian artist John Roger Holte has crafted a platform and storage for the incenses out of coloured concrete. This habit relates to the history of the valley as an important Buddhist retreat. There used to be many temples situated on the mountain area, only few of which are left today. However, I was told that there are even older shamanistic rituals left, and services available if needed.

© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh
© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh

Main building materials are steel and wood. Concrete has been used to cellar and foundation.

Openings are covered with safety glass, floors with jade and marble gravel, different stone type and colour in each space.

© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh
© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh

plan 04

Seoul is an immense urban area the fast growing of which is visible in the condition of the surroundings. Constant noise, packed motorways, endless rows of cloned blocks of flats and ever prevailing grey smog create a tough place for living things. I hope this small building in the edge of the city and the forest would offer some contrasting atmosphere. If someone ever, walking by in an everyday hurry, decides to stop and sit down and allows silence to take over, lets thoughts wander, this work has reached its goal.

© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh
© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh
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42 Comments

Gordon Anderson · January 30, 2013

Really if you can't figure out how it is built, or "feel" it is impossible, or need the dimensions, you should quit architecture now.

Baljinnyam MunKhjargal · October 23, 2012

good idea

Daniel Gudsell · July 29, 2012

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bernie phils · April 11, 2011

Love the concept, love the materials.
some day i would hire someone to design it for me. . . .

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Hira · July 15, 2010

i love the building and the concept!
I was wondering if you could tell me the dimensions of this building somehow..
I am an architecture student so was doing a project on element house.I really need the dimensions of this house.
Thank you :)

ijun · May 22, 2010

I like this house... simple form and minimalist design

jimmy · July 30, 2009

jimlapz@yahoo.com i would like to see the whole plan and how you build the cub.wowwwwwwww i have been searching a house like this very unique reply if you resieve

jimmy · July 30, 2009

i want to know how you build that house amazing your a brilliant guy can you give me your email ad

lcn233 · July 17, 2009

I like the concept. i would like the name of the steel that keep the cub. it interesting look it imposible to build.

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Fred · September 28, 2009 02:59 PM

thats it!

Vicky · April 17, 2009

Love the concept, love the materials.

What is the name of the steel that is used? is it corten, and how is it treated? I would like to use it in a build I am doing.

A · May 21, 2008

it's wonderfull the form, teh position of the cubes, seems like imposible of build. the concept is taken to limit.

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