matali crasset installs participatory pods within gwangju's asia culture center
matali crasset installs participatory pods within gwangju's asia culture center
feb 03, 2016

matali crasset installs participatory pods within gwangju's asia culture center

matali crasset installs participatory pods within gwangju’s asia culture center
all images courtesy of matali crasset




within the asia culture center (ACC) in gwangju, matali crasset has realized an interactive, spatial intervention throughout the complex’s lobby, ground floor and mezzanine levels. conceived as a series of science-fiction-themed ‘sensors’ from an alternate universe, ‘reflexcity’ comprises a sequence of larger-than-life acoustic pods of different functions, diameters and colors. metallic grey trim wraps each unit, creating an unearthly shimmering effect as natural light filters through the space.

the pods give visitors the possibility to explore different functions and possibilities




the series of oversized sensors forms intimate settings for a variety of activities, including personal relaxation, co-working or creative collaboration. the circular, human-scale dishes invite visitors to reach them by climbing across hidden walkways and scaling ramps, leading to a ring of soft seats, large dining tables and expansive viewing platforms. 

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the antenna-like structures are conceived as human-scale ‘sensors’




one of the pods faces outwards towards a row of bamboo shoots, bringing viewers face-to-face with nature and allowing them to meditate and contemplate their surroundings; another comprises a large green table with attached benches, with a shade that both protects and provides light to those seated underneath; a third forms a capsule stilted on long metallic rods, offering views of the light-filled interior space to visitors. overall, the installation in gwangju intends to divert the symbolism of technology, in this case, an antenna dish, and recenter its meaning on human beings — a common theme throughout many of crasset’s creative projects.

the orange pod offers visitors soft seats for both recreation and relaxation 

the series of spatial installations is scattered throughout the lobby, ground floor and mezzanine of the ACC

a blue ‘sensor’ is stilted on metallic poles, offering those inside a view of the interior setting 

a ramp leads people through a large antenna-like structure into a soft circular space  

visitors must walk through a ramped entrance to gain access to the interior circular area

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visitors to the asia culture center use the pods for study, work and relaxation 

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a green pod features a long table and attached benches to provide space for eating and working 

a shade provides shelter and illumination for those seated beneath 

an individual pod is shaped like an antenna and offers a person a space to look out the window 

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