"As cities evolve, they struggle to maintain the energy of human interaction and sense of place. The design of the art platform was approached by questioning how its planning can allow for flexible evolution for both the needs of residents and tourists."
The design of the Suncheon Art Platform is inspired by the traditional essence of Yeonja-Ru architecture. Traces of the Old City are reflected in the vernacular roof structures that crisscross across through the site to bring together program of the Art Platform and to create a new iconic architecture. Through the position of the buildings and the Floating Ru, users are welcomed into the site by the framed “gates” to either visit the planned programs of the Art Platform, have spontaneous gathering of residents, or individual wandering for reflection.
The strategic placement of each program element with the adjacent open space creates a destination for residents and visitors alike. The open space accommodates both planned activities from the Art Center and spontaneous gatherings for residents while sheltered overhead by the Floating Ru. Wandering between the buildings and landscape elements, individuals find a place for retreat from the chaos of the city. The aim is to create an Urban Living Room – to provide structured programs and design that instigate gathering; yet also allow flexibility for unplanned activities.
- Client: The City of Suncheon
- Location: Suncheon, South Korea
- Site Area: 10,514 m2
- Project Area: 5,514 m2
- Construction Cost: 15 Billion KRW
- Program: Art Platform
- Status: Competition
- Project Team: Erik Amir, Dora Chi, Jason Loo, Susan Wong, Natalie Hui
- Render: Karol Borkowski