Life & Power Press Cultural Topography / Unsangdong Architects

© Namgoong Sun

Location: Paju book city, Gyoha-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do,
Design Team: Jang Yoon-Gyu, Shin Chang-Hoon
Site area: 727.2㎡
Building area: 352.5㎡
Gross floor area: 995.77㎡
Construction period: June 2005 – February 2006
Photography: Namgoong Sun

We know that we exist not as an individual, but as a unity of many, or even numerous individuals connected to each other. Creating an Publisher’s space is not just setting up the exhibition and office space and putting books in it, but drawing a map that covers all the works in the venue. It depends on the map how the viewer will appreciate the space and books. Through the <publisher of Life & Power>, I have sought to insert ‘the vessel of new topography’ into homogeneous space. ‘The vessel of new topography.’ an intervention of a new imagination into the space, works as imaginary texts like those of Jorge Luis Borges. We will make-the “Contour Topography” a space for the’ new experience. The Contour space will reflect the real topography by applying the abstract image of it to the floor.

© Namgoong Sun

The theatrical “Topography” works as canvas for the life, but changes through various new media include book. The multi-purpose topography is an interactive map of office, club, show, seminar, lecture, performance, etc.

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Cite: "Life & Power Press Cultural Topography / Unsangdong Architects" 07 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Alan

    I really like the appearance and form of the building, but found the written description to be very difficult to decipher, which makes understanding the building much more difficult

  • Yorik

    What is cool is that the elevations and sections (or outside/inside) are extremely coherent… Excellent game of solid/empty IMHO

  • JD Carling

    This building’s description could have simply been, “Amazing book publisher headquarters that people will love to work in and visit for events.”

    Some akward details, but it is worth it when this is the result.

    Nice work. Made my day.

    • amian

      I agree with your restatement of the thesis–too often architects should not be allowed to write about their work.

      It is a lovely building. Pictures of the space inhabited would be a great addition.

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