Design Research in Parametricism, Materality and Affect are the goals of studio DS:13 out of the University of Westminster led by Andrei Martin and Andrew Yau. Out of this studio we are looking at ‘Affect and Sensation’ by Alejandro Soto, as he brings the Korean Bang to the underground frontier. Check it out after the jump!
SENSORIAL STUDY OF KOREAN LEISURE THROUGH BANG* CULTURE
“The Korean ‘Bang’, roughly translated as “room” has been traditionally considered a walled segment in domestic space (Sarabang*) but has infiltrated the urban realm as commercialized space dedicated for leisure activities.
The Hyper densification of Seoul Has led to its infrastructural proliferation thus the pedestrian realm has been overtaken leading to Seoul becoming a city adapting to the occupation of subterranean public zones, as a result the public domain operates through micro-spatialities; “Bang Culture.” The premise of the project then becomes about adding sensorial experience to this underground realm and connecting it to the street.
The examination of this new underground frontier is carried through the expansion of micro-spatiality through Korean Bang culture. The importance on Korean Bang culture is that it has multiple embedded sensations related to its spatial and programmatic characteristics. The proposed study is a JJim-Jil Bang (Korean Bath House) mixed with other recreational typologies. The main focus is to unite them to provide a leisure cluster that aims to re-introduce Korea’s micro spatial identity back into the built urban fabric.”
-Alejandro Vicente Soto
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