A labyrinth of little alleys, a power plant, slum houses with corrugated metal roofs. Sangsu is on the edge of the ever busy Hongdae, between the river highways and the city. Here the city was preserved from development, and the small streets with low level brick houses coexist with corrugated panel roof shacks. This context was a stimulating landscape both socially and physically, as the recycled elements of the houses around, the informal style of hongdae’s cafes and the power plant’s presence gave us the start for a design; an ambiguous mass of changing colors and variable depth. A layer of translucent polycarbonate fixed on a regular steel frame let see the aluminum-coated insulation or circulations spaces.
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