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Gilles Retsin Architecture Unveils Design for Suncheon Art Platform

Gilles Retsin Architecture Unveils Design for Suncheon Art Platform
Gilles Retsin Architecture Unveils Design for Suncheon Art Platform, Courtesy of Gilles Retsin Architecture
Courtesy of Gilles Retsin Architecture

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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Courtesy of Gilles Retsin Architecture
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Courtesy of Gilles Retsin Architecture

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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Courtesy of Gilles Retsin Architecture
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Courtesy of Gilles Retsin Architecture

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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Courtesy of Gilles Retsin Architecture

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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Courtesy of Gilles Retsin Architecture

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

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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