In any architectural project unpredictability and sheer ignorance play an important role. But although taken in ignorance, architects’ decisions can often turn out to be cannily correct. Indeed many interesting architectural mistakes often turn up in other projects.
The Model Home Gallery (MHG) by Nader Tehrani of the NADAAA practice is described by the architect himself as “damage control”, meaning the result of a strategy to limit the number of architect mistakes. For a programme designed in eight months and built in seven, having control mechanisms in place was essential.
MHG is a new kind of architecture invented in South Korea by Samsung Corporation, the company known in the West for its telephones but which in Korea is synonymous with housing development, cars and real estate.
MHG is a piece of urban infrastructure comprising two parts: a black...