KOREAN SPACE

Photo essay on traditional Korean Architecture

2012
TRADITIONAL KOREAN SPACE

Traditional Korean architecture is a beautiful paradoxbetween natural and artificial space. Rather than design the positive space wedwell in, so common in western architecture, it is the absence of space that issculpted and obsessively choreographed to create a series of compressions thatleaves you in a constant state of transition. As with most aspects of Korean culture nothing is done aggressively orconfrontationally, yet the degree to which we are being psychologically manipulatedby the land, the buildings and ultimately the space cannot be underestimated.

Snow, has a beautiful effect to paralyze the modern and toslow down to a near standstill any modern metropolis. The best way to appreciate the beauty ofKorean Architecture is under snow. Snowbleaches out all traces of modernization, its acts as the prefect “realityphotoshop” effect, erasing the concrete neurosis that has corruptedthe Korean landscape beyond recognition. Snow, neutralizes the frenetic pace ofthe city, allowing us to return to a space/time continuum which is humanlyquantifiable.
The above photographs were taken in Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul on December 5th 2012.
LECTURE
BUSAN PRESENTATION
HERZOG LECTURE
ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION
OUT OF BALANCE
INTERVIEW ALVARO SIZA
SEOUL FRAGMENTS
SNOWMAN
VERTICAL CITIES EVENT
EXHIBITION
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