combination of park and library aspires to depart from
previous notions of these two facilities. Propitiating
the physical and spiritual functions of the park and
new type of urban room is created - it is at once a
park with continuous volume in three-dimensional organization
and a library gone massless through its extension towards
the outside. The park and the library deny any physical
boundaries between the two, and, when the insertion
of life is completed, become integrated into a singular
site, part of a greenway that runs across the new housing
estate, functions as a small park.
from the existing park are preserved, whereas walkways
and promenades are modified. Memories of life that have
evolved in and around the park are now collected and
housed in the architectural promenade going through
the ground surface, the underground and the interior
spaces, and the connecting roof garden. The new structure
expands as a three-dimensional park system.
this juxtaposition, the library - a container of knowledge
and information, a walk-in computer, or a compound of
flexible, elastic mats for living - refuses the notion
of architecture as object and creates an artificial
landscape that becomes the backdrop for everyday activities.
Real people populate the urban rooms, which, while formless,
continuously redefine themselves through unique uses
of its inhabitants.
Min was born in Korea in 1946, and studied
architecture at Seoul National University
and the AA School of Architecture in London.
Currently he is a professor at the Korean
National University of Arts and also a primary
advisor at KIOHUN Architects and Associates.
Lee was born in 1966 in Korea, and completed
her undergraduate and graduate studies at
Seoul National University, then went to
the Berlage Institute Amsterdam. She is
now a project manager at KIOHUN Architects
& Associates,and currently teaches at
the Korean National University of Arts