Kukje Art Center by SO-IL

Kukje Art Center by SO-IL

Kukje Art Center by SO-IL

Kukje Art Center by SO-IL

Kukje Art Center by SO-IL

Here is a white box fighting against itself: a minimal white gallery space insulated from the tug-of-war happening between the circulation paths and the gossamer chain link that wraps around the exterior of the gallery. The architects behind this Seoul-based gallery are Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu of SO-IL (that’s Solid Objectives- Idenburg Liu). The firm describes the pliable mesh as a solution to a problem with white cubes being “too rigid within the historic fabric” of the surrounding neighborhood, so the firm wrapped the project “in a permanent ‘nebula’ — a pliable chainmail veil.”

While solving their geometry problem, the stretchy skin highlights the tension between the gallery’s shape and the supporting program that leads to and from the gallery. The walkways and stairs that protrude from the gallery’s rectangular prism are constrained by the mesh, the same detail calling attention to these protrusions in the first place. And while the overall effect is impressive, I starts to resemble insects trapped in a cocoon of spider’s silk and struggling break free. It gives the project a kind of energy while also a kind of cohesion.

Found through designboom

Alex Dent

May 21, 2012 / By

Google+