In contemporary architecture, architects are increasingly experimenting with non-conventional building materials seeking to explore new possibilities in design and construction. Often, most enticing aspect of such endeavor lies in material utilization of a given material as spatial element and its perceptual quality. The process requires understanding the material quality including applicability, aesthetic and tectonic characteristics that are unique with each material.
In this series of projects, the architect examined three materials - Paper, Wool and Plastic. The aim was to rethink and redefine the use of selected materials for application and to imagine the use in the form of a ‘box’ – the shape that is the most recognizable with numerous philosophical and inherent modernist connotations. Focusing on the notions of materiality, layering, space vs object, and exteriority vs interiority, the architect examined the qualities of the materials and experimented with ways in which they can be utilized. The resulting work yielded three distinctive temporary installations using laminated paper sheets, wool, and synthetic plastic polymer.
A+U Lab is an interdisciplinary design and research collaborative for architecture and urbanism. Led by Lawrence Kim, an architect and professor at Pusan National University, A+U Lab engages in diverse projects through design consultancy and academic research working regionally and internationally.