mario botta raises club house agora out of jeju island
mario botta raises club house agora out of jeju island mario botta raises club house agora out of jeju island
oct 05, 2013

mario botta raises club house agora out of jeju island

agora club house by mario botta rises out of jeju island
image © seung-hoon yum





‘club house agora’ rises out of jeju island as a glass pyramid, standing as an architectural balance between the site’s winding natural landscape, and the sea beyond. designed by mario botta, the cultural and hotel programs of the building provide services for tourists of an adjoining residential complex, as well as recreational offerings (including an outdoor swimming pool, sports and wellness facilities), kitchens, resting rooms and a reception area. arranged on a square grid, both in plan and elevation, the entirety of the volume appears as a sequence of cubes which measure approximately 20 metres in length per side. the transparent prism links the indoor and outdoor facilities that flow into one another across a single level, and is positioned on top of a one-storey volume that is clad in lava stone which references the geological composition of its site, blending the architecture with the surrounding landscape.




a glass triangular prism rises out of the one-storey volume
image © seung-hoon yum



a stainless steel sphere by aritst ahn jong yuen hangs at the centre of the glass pyramid
image © seung-hoon yum



the glass structure protects a large open patio
image © seung-hoon yum



reception and lounge area
image © seung-hoon yum



from certain parts of the island, the pyramid appears to be rising out of the landscape
image © seung-hoon yum



the ‘club house agora’ by night
image © seung-hoon yum



image © seung-hoon yum


image © seung-hoon yum


image © mario botta


image © mario botta


project info:

year: 2006
construction: 2008
partner: samoo architects, seoul
client: bokwang jeju co., ltd
area: 1000 m²
volume: 7000 m³

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