Arriving through bamboo formed garden wall at the entry court, a visitor continues through the front door and ascends a low stairs. At this point, the viewer is eye level with the central pond, causing the three pavilions to appear as though floating on their own reflections.
Once inside the pavilions, slivers of light burst through 55 skylight strips on the roofs, creating dynamic illumination patterns on the interior. This offers the “idea of space as silent until activated by light.” Light bends around the inner spaces by way of 5 strips of clear glass positioned to make the light turn.
The interiors of the pavilions are red and charcoal stained bamboo with the skylights cutting through a red bamboo ceiling. Exteriors are a rain skin of specially treated brass which ages naturally within the landscape.
A reflection pool, framed by gardens, runs perpendicular to the skylight strips. The strips of glass lenses bring dappled light to the white plaster walls and white granite floor of the gallery below.
The placement of the pavilions activate different levels of the ground plane with light playing the crucial role of both distinguishing different moments and uniting the separate entities and interstitial spaces.
We’ll keep you updated as construction moves along. Daeyang Gallery and House Seoul, Korea 2008 – 2011 CREDIT SHEET client: Daeyang Shipping Co. Ltd. Architect: Steven Holl Architects, Steven Holl (design architect), JongSeo Lee (associate in charge), Annette Goderbauer, Chris McVoy (project advisor), Francesco Bartolozzi, Marcus Carter, Nick Gelpi, Fiorenza, Matteoni, Rashid Satti, Dimitra Tsachrelia (project team) local architect: E.rae Architects structural engineer: SQ Engineering mechanical engineer: Buksung HVAC+R Engineering lighting consultant: L’Observatoire International general contractor: Jehyo FACT SHEET: construction period January 2010 program residential and art gallery project type direct commission structural system RC structural wall and steel major materials exposed concrete and copper panel site area 5774f/1760m floor area (square) 10699sf/994sm