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SuperOcean / Ginseng Chicken

Ginseng Chicken‘s latest competition entry for the thematic pavilion of the 2012 Yeosu World Expo in Korea explores the relationship between land, coast, ocean and people.  Entitled SuperOcean, the project features a sampling of the ocean, as if a section was lifted above the surface as a way to allow viewers to explore the secrets the deep sea has to offer.  ”When exploring the question of what type of form best represents the identity of the ocean, we realized that the ocean has very objective and quantitative factors such as depth, surface level and area, but at the same time is a very abstract, even spiritual entity to others,” explained the architects.

More images, diagrams and more about the project after the break.

To enter the exhibit, visitors pass through different underwater tunnels where a transparent ceiling provides views of the SuperOcean, and also the experience of being underwater.  The bottom of the SuperOcean is a spacious plaza where users can proceed to an entrance core after being  pressurized by the SuperOcean’s massive body hanging high above them.   Visitors can make their journey through the deep and staggered layers of the exhibition floors all the way up to the SuperOcean’s roof surface.

The project is a way to combine advanced technology with a pure form to create an experiential visit for each person.

The following series of images illustrate the concept of the portion of water rising right in front of Yesou:

Type:                                      Cultural, Exhibition

Client:                                     City of Yeosu

Address:                                Yeosu, Korea

Gross Square Meter:            6,400 s.m.

Construction Budget:          47,000,000,000 KRW

Won per SM:                        7,340,000 KRW/SM

Construction Type:              New Construction Project Type:                         Competition Entry

Cite:Karen Cilento. "SuperOcean / Ginseng Chicken" 10 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/49404/superocean-ginseng-chicken/>