tadao ando designs genius loci and glass house, phoenix island tadao ando designs genius loci and glass house, phoenix island
aug 20, 2013

tadao ando designs genius loci and glass house, phoenix island

tadao ando designs genius loci for phoenix island

all images courtesy of xin li

 

 

tadao ando has drawn from the architecture of phoenix island’s landscape to create both ‘genius loci’ and ‘glass house’, two built works aimed at quiet contemplation and meditation within the landscape. named for the protective spirits of the land, genius loci is a first-rate meditation hall, located at seopjikoji. cascading waterfalls  flank the building while the peak of sungsan mountain lies just beyond a streamlined gate. the main corridor has an open roof exposed to the crisp island sky. glass house is simple concrete frame form derived from its planar geometry, and its first floor is home to the ‘parang-i’ gallery and sunny day cafeteria. on the second floor, ‘mint’, an upscale fusion restaurant enjoys views of nearby jeju island. the cluster of architecture is organized within the landscape, rather than around it, a tectonic consideration that allows the built space to become inward-looking mental space.

 

 

 


genius loci draws from the architecture of the land

 

 


the building and the landscape are synthesized in the network of building

 

 


circulation is aimed at meditative movement

 

 


glass house employs a concrete frame and ample glazed to optimize island views

 

 


characteristically cast concrete

 

 


view of the material palette

  • This is not a critique of this very wonderful meditation center. Rather, in the text copy the use of words such as planar, tectonic, genius-loci may be familiar to architectural academia’s & students and some architects; but seriously, this sort of “shop-talk” may not be understood by readers who are not part of the design community. We would recommend using common usage language or provide definitions.

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