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Silver Shack / Chae Pereira Architects

Silver Shack / Chae Pereira Architects

Check out Korea-based Chae Pereira Architects latest residential project situated in the crowded urban neighborhood of Sangsu. The neighborhood, which is crowded by slum houses weaving around little alleys, provides a “stimulating landscape both socially and physically” which the architects took aspects of the existing houses to inform their design strategy. The recycled elements of the surrounding houses, specifically their corrugated panel roofs, in addition to Sangsu’s power plant, inspired the architects to experiment with a layer of translucent polycarbonate fixed on a regular steel frame to show the 13MM aluminum-coated insulation and circulations spaces.

More images and more about the project after the break.

The simple massing includes studios and apartments that are supported by  two hollow piles.  Working within a strict budget, the architects used common construction materials in an innovative way to reach the desired aesthetic and energy requirements.

The staircase is enclosed by a steel frame and polycarbonate panels. And the depth of the interior is visually uncertain, as elements are seen through a fuzzy transparency.

“Nearby, steam from the power plant creates a cloud-like shadow, crossing the boundary between artifice and nature….The city creates its own natural landscape,” added the architects.

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Cite: Karen Cilento. "Silver Shack / Chae Pereira Architects " 13 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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