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Merged Indivisuals; Play the Space

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"Merged Individuals" 

Seoul biennale of architecture and urbanism 2017

Interactive pavilion for students living in the project site (Sinlim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul). Team Zero Boundary introduces a system and space where it is possible to have a conversation in a new way, using nonverbal means such as music and light. This program is more or less an art project devised specifically for the students of this area who spend more than one half of their day sitting at small desks and at Dokseosil (a private reading room for rent which many students in Korea use to study after school). At the same time, experience in the pavilion allows stretching of restrained body, which works to help relax repressed body.

About "Gosiwon" place in seoul, korea

Project ‘Merged individuals’ attempts to get alienated individuals of ‘Gosiwon district’ in Sinlim-dong, Seoul, where single –person households make up the majority of the population, more involved in society. (A goshiwon is a very small room that students live in while studying for an important test, or if their normal home is far from their school.)    

The biggest problems the residents of Gosiwon district face are loneliness, lack of leisure and diminishing communication. This project aims to resolve these issues using spatial methodology,  and establish a foundation that alleviates various regional and societal problems caused by the particular circumstances of these people. 

The vast majority of housing styles at Gosiwon District in Sinlim-dong are dwellings that accommodates one person, such as one-rooms and Gosiwons. These types of home often comes in very small sizes –ranging from 13 to 25m2 which makes it difficult for residents to have satisfying leisure life, or to socialise. There are big and small shops and leisure facilities in this neighbourhood, however, residents still find it hard to relieve their emotional distresses through this current solution due to circumstantial reasons that aren’t quite simple – lack of money, lack of time and poor accessibility. 

Moreover, students living in Gosiwon district spend most of their time at small desks in Gosi Hagwon (private institutes that provides tutoring to students who are studying for ‘Gosi’ exams, which could mean many different kinds of national exams in Korea.) and small desks that covers three sides. We thought this physical sense of confinement might be playing a key role in residents of Gosiwon district to develop feelings of isolation without them even knowing. Also, a desk might seem like a private and individual space, but when it is placed in a communal space full of other people where they keep on eye on each other, it no longer remains wholly individual. 

Microscopically, this restriction on human body is a fundamental factor that gives rise to suppression of individuality and unapparent blockage of societal communication. In order to help people relieve sense of isolation, lack of communication and physical stress caused by these physical and spatial problems we have designed this pavilion.

This pavilion has at its heart the aspiration to converse with other people through nonverbal means, for instance, sound. Each person get assigned one soundand when more people come into the pavilion space and enjoy the space with others, harmony is created with the interaction between the sounds each person carries. Through this experience, people in the pavilion get to interact with each other without talking or writing. Music created by moving the body gives the person experiencing the space physical relaxation, and at the same time, makes the person recognize the presence of other people, gain sense of connection with other people that might not be so visible on a superficial level.

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This pavilion has at its heart the aspiration to converse with other people through nonverbal means, for instance, sound. Each person get assigned one part of music and when more people come into the pavilion space and enjoy the space with others, harmony is created with the interaction between the music each person carries. Through this experience, people in the pavilion get to interact with each other without talking or writing. Music created by moving the body gives the person experiencing the space physical relaxation, and at the same time, makes the person recognize the presence of other people, gain sense of connection with other people that might not be so visible on a superficial level. 

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Contact

 

Jaehyeong Yoo

Seoul National University

BA, College of design, Industrial design

instagram.com/yooza_yooza


Arai Rika

Seoul National University

BA, College of design, Industrial design

 

Juhong Park

Seoul National University

BA, College of design, Industrial design

 

Youngsoo Bae

Chelsea College of Arts

BA, College of design, Interior and spatial design

www.youngsoobae.com

 

Thanks to

Junwon Lee as Technical engineer

Taehyeong Kim as Technical advisor

Real Sunghwan(F.A.T.H) as Executive Music director

Jaeyoung Park as Photographer

Doyoon Kim /Jeehye Kim / Youngeun Lee / Taesung Kim /