Easter Island comes to Korea

Nick Myall
23 Jan 2017

L’eau design have created a modern Moai building in Seoul, South Korea

Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean has almost been erased from history and no clear documentation of its past exists. The 887 mysterious monolithic Moai statues that are found on the island are the only evidence of any civilization. 

The Korean architecture studio l’eau design have been influenced by Easter Island’s Moai statues and taken that into the Samjeon-dong district in Seoul, South Korea. 

Modern Moai at Samjeon-dong began with the consideration of a symbiotic structure for a city, including housing created by stacking commercial facilities and residential units on the everyday cultural ground.

The site is located at the corner of a village largely populated by four to five-story multiplex housing developments, all of similar size on uniformly planned sites. Even though the size and volume of the rectangular sites, each divided by a gridlike urban planning, is similar, each site has different conditions. Instead of concentrating on a more glossy form to maximize a building’s profile, as found in the many villages of multiplex housing, it is assumed that making the facade flexible in responding to the condition of all four sides would create a flexible architecture and resolve the relationship with its surrounding features.

An architectural practice must overcome the mismatch and limitations caused by heterogeneity in retail facilities and multiplex housing. Studio l’eau will begin with downtown residential areas of new promenades, enabling ‘cultural production and consumption‘ combined with the lightness of an everyday program. It can become a village that encourages families to stroll and allow for everyday, smaller-scale culture to flourish, rather than existing as commercial spaces purely for consumption in another generic commercial/residential building.

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