When national security is a large concern, connections with other countries, whether allies or not, are paramount. Constructing a North Korean Embassy in Washington D.C. would be a statement that goes beyond just architecture. It would represent the possibility of uniting the Korean Peninsula, or at least creating stable diplomatic relations with North Korea.
The view of North Korea around the world is one of nuclear war, famine, and fear. An Embassy in Washington DC would represent a venue for the country to start negotiations for trade and peace. The building itself could represent the removal and disintegration of the masks that surround N. Korea and it’s People, revealing a country with a rich cultural heritage. The concept of unmasking is used and associated with materials and their transparency through out all scales. The program provides the security necessary for an embassy while allowing public viewing of exhibits and many sections through and open interior.
Recipient of 2009 Faculty Award for History & Theory
Site and program were predetermined, but country was chosen by designer.
Building Program - 45,000 Sq ft.
Fall & Spring 09 - 5th Year Thesis Comprehensive Architecture Project (CAP)
Status: School Project