the ‘welcome and illusion’ art project by archiworkshop records the transformation of a demolition village into a design studio. before the complete conversion, the life of the demolition site will be extended for 20 days by architects, installation artists and musicians. hee-jun sim and su-jeong park from archiworkshop decorated the house just like shrouding, while changhoon lee visualized the connection between the house and the community in various media, and june kim gathered the various surrounding sounds. 

the demolition site before the construction of the design studio



on the first day of archiworkshop‘s exhibition, violinist hye-sun sim and cellist hye-won sim played a musical piece written by martinu. this was a ‘funeral for a house’ collaborated by architecture, installation art, and music. it is an enjoyable ‘gut-pan’ (shaman practice) where visitors may read the present from the past and experiment the future. the membrane material used for the internal space work was re-created into eco bags and distributed to people. 



‘as I crossed the hills, cracked housings were revealed. all the windows had been removed from the frame. there was no sign of people; only silence. the site was an old two-storey house under a persimmon tree where cracked concrete, bricks, and bushes could be seen through the torn windows,’ explains the head designer, ‘the lack of sound from cars and people created a sense of desolation I thought it was a wise choice by the two architects on their decision to work with a sound artist for this project. it is what we have easily witnessed for last decades.’





project info:


title of project: the life of welcome and illusion art project
year completed: 2016
collaboration art project sponsored by: seoul foundation for arts and culture
site location: seoul,korea
design office: archiworkshop
head designers: hee-jun sim, su-jeong park
artists: chang-hoon lee, joon kim
photographer: nam-sun lee



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edited by: lynn chaya | designboom


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