The circular wall of the Oasis temporary pavilion, located in the garden of Alvaro Siza-designed Amore Pacific Research and Design Center in Seoul, is made of white threads inspired by willow leaves. Seoul studio OBBA designed the temporary structure as a shelter for the visitors of this year's Amorepacific Museum of Art Project (APMAP) outdoor art exhibition. The structure blurs the line between inside and outside and functions as a space for contemplation and play.
The design of the pavilion is in line with APMAP’s overarching theme of blurring the boundary between ordinary life and art. The structure becomes a fluid architecture that alters ordinary landscape into a new kind of space for contemplation. It offers shelter to visitors and expands towards the sky via a large circular opening in the ceiling. The walls are made of white threads and dance in the wind like willow leaves in a non-structural circular wall.
Fourteen slender columns, each 60 millimeters in diameter, run along the perimeter of the roof and blend into the walls so that the pavilion looks like its floating. Circular plates attached to the columns are positioned at varying heights and can be used as small tables or seating structures. The white curtain can be removed and pulled back in the event of a typhoon. This thin, dynamic layer creates visual protection and ” repeatedly creates opening and closing of the space by the winds”.
Photos by Kyung Roh, video by Rohspace