area 112 | beauty of built

architect: UNSANGDONG Architects Cooperation

location: Seoul, South Korea

year: 2006

Enormous urban <canvas> has been attempted through the project Gallery Yeh. Canvas is the wall of the building as well as a piece of experimental artwork that indicates a sign of the upcoming change of the new gallery. If typical canvas can be thought as two-dimensional medium, the canvas we have developed for the gallery is the spatial skin developed out of the new code found between the floor plan and the three-dimensional medium. Two-dimensional aspects of the wall have now become the opportunity to deform into space. Such work is similar to searching for the new generation of space out of structure between the folded and smooth, continuous skin. Spatial skin of the fold indicates the process of generating multiple layers hidden behind the single layer of the architectural skin. Skinscape can be initiated by simply acknowledging urban fabric as rather the envelope structure. Looking at the city as an enormous folded surface, continuous and sequential. Skinscape can be said an experimental text attempted by combining the architectural skin and the loose meaning of the term scape. It is organized through the formula of skin plus other elements and layers as variable? skin plus structure, skin plus space, skin plus program… and etc. Then we can imagine its physical deformation. Process of finding the new spatial model is closely linked with Skinscape, with its variables possible to be maximized by removing the excessive spatial elements or adding up more spatial ‘fat’.
The concept applied in Gallery Yeh can be categorized asSpatialization of Skin and/or Mediazation of Skin – screen for the skinscape can be the medium to provide exhibit information as well as the huge canvas attracting outside events. Space for the skinscape offers unique spatial experience of puncturing through multiple layers of skin, in which each of its layers come as different spatial quality. Spatial Surfing, Skin Surfing, Pictorial Surfing, Organizational Surfing, … are some of the codes appearing along such experience, while each surfing twists and intertwines to create spatial complexity as a whole.
Like Crack of Armor, skin is not the surface that envelopes the space, but is bound by air that is light material and metaphorical interpretation and irony behind the new possibilities of space. The framework of heaviness is gained through the lightness, the quality of the skin is linked with the possibilities of creating gaps, so thus the space become enriching experience of discovering the hidden layers of logic and irony. thus the space become enriching experience of discovering the hidden layers of logic and irony.

UnSangDong Architects Cooperation is the experiemental group organized to realize conceptual architecture with these variable possibilities of cultural contents. The main research and project of UnSangDong is based on the diversity of architecture. In the nearest 2007 UnSangDong received AR Awards from Architectural Review which is world-famous architectural award. In 2006 UnSangDong received Vanguard Award from Architectural Record that is awarded to innovative architect in the world in 2006. In 2001 Yoon Gyoo Jang was selected one of 40 noteworthy international architects by the Japanese journal [10+1]. And last October he gave a lecture at UC Berkeley that the fist lectuer as the Korean architects. Also in 2008 he gave a lecture for RIBA. Jang introduced the idea of ‘space coordinator‘ and showed experimental works at the Seoul Museum of Art Cheonggyechun exhibition. He is presently a professor at the school of architecture, Kookmin University, and a representative of gallery Jungmiso as an establishment to extend cultural codes passing over architecture. He is also leading a new architectural experiment by changing the atelier Jang Yoon Gyoo for theory & experimentation to the UnSangDong Architects Cooperation.