urban playground + yagatoo architects: heterojunctional barrier pavilion
urban playground + yagatoo architects: heterojunctional barrier pavilion urban playground + yagatoo architects: heterojunctional barrier pavilion
sep 14, 2012

urban playground + yagatoo architects: heterojunctional barrier pavilion

‘heterojunctional barrier’ by yagatoo architects, paju, south korea image © kyungsub shin all images courtesy of yagatoo architects

the new collaborate design group urban playground together with yagatoo architects have realized the recently built ‘heterojunctional barrier’ pavilion in paju’s central park. the site is situated amongst a rapidly growing housing development outside of seoul, where a conflicting dichotomy exists between a pedestrian bridge and a large expanse of green land. the building’s social role, apart from serving as the park’s exhibition space, administrative office and general facility, links the raised walkway to natural habitat below. the general form in plan follows topographical cues, curving towards the overpass as if being pulled against its will. this facade is wrapped in a solid skin of twisting metal panels as a symbolic ‘barrier.’

a series of semi-circular ribs connected to an orthogonal concrete core are spaced apart according to their specific task, creating large public areas or framing smaller private functions. large round openings puncture through the hard northern elevation offering wide panoramic views of the reserve and cityscape, while a southern-facing clerestory allows ample sunlight to illuminate the inside all day long. natural wood planks cover the interior of the curved surface to create a warm ambiance contrasting the rectilinear hardness of material

entrance image © kyungsub shin

interior space expands and contracts to form rooms or halways image © kyungsub shin

image © kyungsub shin

exhibition area image © kyungsub shin

circular windows punch through the wall image © kyungsub shin

large interior space image © kyungsub shin

curved hallway image © kyungsub shin

entrance from bridge image © kyungsub shin

connection to pedestrian bridge image © kyungsub shin

juxtaposition between the bridge and structure image © kyungsub shin

view from ground path image © kyungsub shin

image © kyungsub shin

image © kyungsub shin

under the bridge image © kyungsub shin

northern facade image © kyungsub shin

curved form contrasting with rectilinear image © kyungsub shin

view form the bridge image © kyungsub shin

image © kyungsub shin

bird’s eye view image © kyungsub shin

back entrance image © kyungsub shin

floor plan / level 0




formal diagram


  • Very pleasant, and most welcome given oppressive uniformity of the worker housing across the way. Yikes.

    Tom PO says:
  • It amazes me how the building takes its role well fitting in urban context. Also, the interior really nicely reflects the exterior gesture. Nice work!

    Stellar says:
  • haha Tom, it would really amuse you to know, those apartments are really, really expensive, expensive even in american standard–and that people who live there won’t find it oppressive-funny!

    mary j says:

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