Gilles Retsin Architecture Unveils Design for Suncheon Art Platform

Gilles Retsin Architecture Unveils Design for Suncheon Art Platform

London-based Gilles Retsin Architecture has unveiled its entry for the Suncheon Art Platform competition, an arts center formed by a low, horizontal structure that frames a series of courtyards and squares in Suncheon, Korea.

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These courtyards will be composed of four main public spaces —a central events courtyard, a sculpture courtyard, a garden courtyard, and an entrance square—each of which is intended to connect and nurture the various programs surrounding it.

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The architects explained that "overall, the design will consist of 278 standardized, large-scale, engineered timber elements, which combine together into a highly differentiated spatial assembly. These blocks are initially structurally weak but gain strength through redundant combination."

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This system is a technologically advanced construction method based on Laminated Veneer Lumber  (LVL), a method of prefabricating stiff hollow tubes in straight or L-shaped pieces. The hollow insides of these tubes can then be utilized for HVAC installations, services, and museum lighting.

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Furthermore, this construction method reflects traditional Korean architecture and timber construction, which features similar spatial organization and timber jointing.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
  • Team

    Gilles Retsin Architecture: Gilles Retsin, Lei Zheng, Dongwhi Kim
  • Engineering

    Tim Lucas, Price & Myers Consulting Engineers
  • Photographs

    Gilles Retsin Architecture
  • Architects

Learn more about the project here, and see the winning design here.

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Cite: Sabrina Santos. "Gilles Retsin Architecture Unveils Design for Suncheon Art Platform" 01 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/790437/gilles-retsin-architecture-unveils-design-for-suncheon-art-platform> ISSN 0719-8884

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