ensamble studio builds prototype for its earth-inspired museum proposal in south korea

ensamble studio builds prototype for its earth-inspired museum proposal in south korea

‘the cloud’ prototype by ensamble studio at BAP! 2022

 

Ensamble Studio has built a prototype for ‘The Cloud’ proposal, a soon-to-be-built 3,800 sqm museum on the outskirts of Seoul, with a spectacular scenery dubbed ‘Les Jardins de Médongaule.’ The project was part of the second edition of the Biennale d’architecture et de paysage (Bap!) that took place at Versailles from May 14 to July 13, 2022.

 

Draping and folding over thin rods, the installation represents a fragment of the overall architecture, like the offering of a petal ‘transplanted’ from South Korea to France. This gesture, according to the studio, symbolically connects both cultures through their historical and spiritual appreciation for landscapes and garden design. 

ensamble studio builds prototype for its earth-inspired museum proposal in south korea

‘The Cloud’ proposal | Les Jardins de Médongaule, South Korea
all images © Ensamble Studio

 

 

Beyond celebrating a cultural love for the natural world, ‘The Cloud’ prototype by Ensamble Studio (see more here) responds to the vision behind Bap2022. This year’s edition explored the ever-changing relationship between land and cities through nine exhibitions scattered across ÉNSA Versailles. Specifically, the team participated in the ‘Visible-Invisible’ show curated by Nicolas Dorval-Bory and Guillaume Ramillienfocusing on new materials, construction techniques, and languages that explore both the obvious and no-so-obvious dynamics that define architectural matters.

 

‘The 21st century is the century of global environmental and biological awareness, in which all humans recognize for once that we can and must act together and have a mission to protect the earth. More than ever now, the garden is the representation of our life. With regard to this sensitivity, ‘Les Jardins de Médongaule’ brings together a history of these gardens in a unique natural environment in the outskirts of Seoul,’ write Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa from Ensamble Studio.ensamble studio builds prototype for its earth-inspired museum proposal in south korea

bird’s eye view of the proposal on the outskirts of Seoul

 

 

a terrain-inspired volume molded like a flower petal

 

The proposed structure arises as an unearthed topography, levitating above ground to offer a continuous and fluid space underneath it. The exterior skin is envisioned as a mineral and organic layer where a wild ecosystem can flourish, while the underside is a textured geopolymer with imprinted ‘nerves’ circulating across the ceiling and walls. Finally, below the terrain-like roof, a spellbinding and light-filled space will take over — expressing energy and extraordinary material quality.

 

Through a mix of earth and contemporary technology, ‘The Cloud’ by Ensamble Studio will be molded onto a container resembling the petal of a giant flower. Delicate and translucent in appearance, the final design will also be waterproof and durable.

ensamble studio builds prototype for its earth-inspired museum proposal in south korea

prototype of ‘The Cloud’ by Ensamble Studio at ÉNSA Versailles 

 

 

‘And this mold, the invisible part of the construction process, is later transformed into the different parts of the building; its envelope, walls, and ceilings, evidencing different uses in its material cycle. So now the building and the garden are expressed in unity, responding to the architecture of the earth,’ concludes Ensamble Studio. 

 

You can check out the overview of the ‘Visible-Invisible exhibition on the Bap! website

ensamble studio builds prototype for its earth-inspired museum proposal in south korea

a ‘veined’ drape folding over thin rods

 

 

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3D render of the light-filled museum center crowned by a terrain-like ceiling

ensamble studio builds prototype for its earth-inspired museum proposal in south korea

the installation was part of the ‘Visible-Invisible’ show organized by Bap! 2022 at Versailles

ensamble studio builds prototype for its earth-inspired museum proposal in south koreathe model evokes a fragment of a petal ‘transplanted’ from Korea to France 

 

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3D render of the interior cenote

 

 

 

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prototyping at Ensamble Fabrica in Madrid
prototyping at Ensamble Fabrica in Madrid
elevations (3D scans)
elevations (3D scans)
south-east axonometric view (3D scan)
south-east axonometric view (3D scan)
study model
study model
3D render of exterior rooftop
3D render of exterior rooftop
3D render of exterior reservoir
3D render of exterior reservoir
study models
study models

project info:

 

name: The Cloud

status: in progress 

project area: 3,800 sqm 

location: Les Jardins de Médongaule, Seoul, South Korea

client: Zenitas Investment Co. Ltd (Mr Jaeyon Won)

prototype exhibited at: Bap! 2022  

architecture: Ensamble Studio 

led by: Antón García-AbrilDébora Mesa Molina

team: Borja Soriano, Alberto García, Fernando González, Mónica Acosta, Nancy El Asmar

building engineer: Javier Cuesta

structure consultantTorroja Ingeniería

photography + renderings: Ensamble Studio 

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