korean pavilion at shanghai world expo 2010
 
korean pavilion at shanghai world expo 2010 korean pavilion at shanghai world expo 2010
may 03, 2010

korean pavilion at shanghai world expo 2010

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now in its 3rd day since the official opening shanghai expo 2010 is in full swing, receiving crowds over 400 000 per day – increasing daily. designboom’s editor feifei song is currently in shanghai covering the event and visited the korean pavilion. stay tuned for more reports from shanghai. the korean pavilion was designed by architectural firm mass studies. using ‘convergence’ as the main theme, the korean pavilion is an amalgamation of ‘sign’ (symbol) and ‘space’: signs become spaces, and simultaneously, spaces become signs.

 

han-geul, the korean alphabet, is the prime element of ‘signs’ within the pavilion. the overall volume, lifted 7.2m above ground level, is created by converging these han-geul letters, allowing signs to create the exhibition space, and so that the visitors can experience their geometry through horizontal, vertical and diagonal movements. the primary geometries that compose the han-geul letters are universal to other cultures, thus acting as a sort of ‘open’ set of signs that is engaging to everyone.

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most of the non-peripheral surfaces are composed of art pixels, which are 45cm x 45cm aluminum panels created by a korean artist, ik-joong kang, who is renowned for creating massive art walls out of small hand-painted tiles, either self-produced or by gathering from around the world (thus being another type of convergence).

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about 40,000 of the panels texture the façade, contributing to a bright palette of colors image © designboom

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a performance inside the pavilion image © designboom

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a view of the japan pavilion image © designboom

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the exterior surfaces of the korean pavilion are clad in 2 types of pixels: han-geul pixels and art pixels. han-geul pixels are white panels with a relief of letters in four different sizes whose combination forms the majority of the exterior, mainly the peripheral surfaces.

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full view of the pavilion image © designboom

the interior of the stairwells image © designboom

the pavilion at night image © designboom

sequential lighting is installed behind the hangeul pixels to highlight the individual letters on the exterior façade at night, further animating the pavilion as a sign (like a text message) on a larger scale. image © designboom

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  • I’m looking forward to the Polish pavillion. When could I expect its photos? 🙂

    marcin says:
  • Wonderful stuff. Mass Studies do some terrific work. Clever how it’s based on hangul, the modular Korean alphabet.

    37 degrees says:
  • wow amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    anuszka says:
  • The mass (and colors) a bit reminded me of Steven Holl’s Simmons Hall.

    Ali Manço says:
  • One of my favourite pavilion

    Cristobal says:
  • It looks more like information and less like material. I like that for what it says to me. Semantics become a new medium for environment and allow perceptions that question interpretation of worldview. Like freeze framiing the noosphere. Interesting.

    Mark says:
  • Mass Studies again!! fabulous and brilliant

    Andy says:
  • great!

    satir says:
  • So Brilliant Pavillion.
    better than French one i guess

    Martyn says:
  • Can someone tell me what is great about this? looks like a mess…

    cimi says:
  • mess

    zoom says:
  • Why does this remind me of Steven Holl’s MIT dorm building?

    Nathan says:
  • Very interesting concept and well executed. Wealth of photos. Thanks for providing d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • hope for a good & innovative pavillion design in india.

    Surojeet Banerjee says:

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