"In my practice I try to have fun doing architecture and designing architecture, and I try to play with architecture at the same time," explained Moon Hoon in ArchDaily's recent interview with the architect at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. "So sometimes my clients are very jealous—how come you're having fun getting paid—so I try to hide a little bit and say I'm a very serious guy, but most of the time I have great fun with architecture."
In this new video produced by Moon Hoon and Tomeny Kisilewicz, that sense of fun isn't being hidden much at all: the 5-minute film, which constructs a fantasy narrative around the existence of Moon Hoon's recently completed Wind House, is 50% surreal formal association, 50% sci-fi horror and 100% architectural fever dream.
The subject of "Windy Dream," Wind House, is notable for its strange golden crown, which as noted in the film has a shape reminiscent of a streamlined helmet or a duck's head. The opening of the video focuses on the creation of this golden tower, which takes its place over an idyllic neighborhood on the Korean island of Jeju. However this serene scene is shattered by Hallasan, the volcano at the center of Jeju Island, which suddenly erupts sending the people of Jeju running for cover. At this point Wind House springs into life, countering the falling debris with lasers fired from the slit window in its unusual centerpiece.
For those who hope to learn more about the project's architectural specifics, Windy Dream probably raises more questions than it answers. However, it is certainly a novel way to present an architectural design, giving an insight into one of architecture's most free-wheeling and intriguing minds that is rich in hidden meaning.
See the real-life project itself here.
Find out more about Moon Hoon's approach to fun and architecture, here.