spacetong(archiworkshop) creates mini pavilions for mobile library project spacetong(archiworkshop) creates mini pavilions for mobile library project
jan 09, 2016

spacetong(archiworkshop) creates mini pavilions for mobile library project

spacetong(archiworkshop) creates mini pavilions for mobile library project
all images courtesy of june-young lim




the ‘mobile library’ project by archiworkshop is part of a larger initiative by the seoul innovation park, and the city of seoul, south korea to revitalize a site originally occupied by the ministry of food and drug safety. a number of social companies and startups have been gathered, and will continually work from the site to address various social issues in the city.

‘membrane pavilion’ at night




included within this broader project, is the ‘mobile library’. the key concept is derived from the seoul innovation park’s ‘cube’ logo, which was adapted in various ways to form small library and exhibition pop-ups around the site.





korean studio spacetong(archiworkshop) led the design of four mini pavilions, with additional collaboration by jae-choul choi, john (pyung ki) kim, and woo-yeol lee. the spaces, titled ‘block’, ‘pipe’, ‘mirage’, and ‘membrane’ are named — as you may have guessed — after their most prominent material or feature.

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‘block’ pavilion 




the ‘block’ pavilion is best described as a parasitic addition to one of the site’s existing buildings. standing at six stories, the original structure is the largest, and most visually overwhelming on the site. ‘block’ breaks the volume into a more human scale, and provides enough space for use as a library, exhibition area, meeting space, etc.

‘block’ translucent window




‘pipe’, made of scaffolding tubes, is the most colorful pavilion. it draws from the site’s many trees, and brightens its surroundings through its eclectic palette. ‘mirage’ is a reflective structure that bounces the park’s landscape as a waved, painterly like image. inside, visitors get another, more physical sense of the forest. authentic tree trunks serve as seats and bookshelves, and an old pine tree is directly observable through the space’s transparent glass ceiling.

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‘block’ and ‘pipe’ pavilion  

‘pipe’ pavilion detail  


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‘mirage’ pavilion 

window opening 

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‘mirage’ pavilion interior 



project info:


client: seoul innovation park
year of completion: 2015
architect: SPACETONG (archiworkshop)
project architects: hee-jun sim, su-jeong park
team: kyung-eun na

block attached pavilion: TCM global
pipe pavilion: TCM global
mirage pavilion: TCM global
membrane pavilion: dong-a system
collaborators: jae-choul choi, john (pyung ki) kim, woo-yeol lee
photography: june-young lim
spatial planning: B-park
location: seoul innovation park
program: mobile library & exhibition pavilion

building area:
block attached pavilion: 13m2
pipe pavilion: 9m2
mirage pavilion: 16m2
membrane pavilion: 40m2

exterior finishing:
block attached pavilion: back-painted glass
pipe pavilion: scaffolding tube
mirage pavilion: stainless steel panel
membrane pavilion: membrane PVDF



designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions  feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.



edited by: nick brink | designboom

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