In its second year, the Emerging Corporate Territories returns to Songdo, the newly finished corporate hub of South Korea, the wannabe Singapore-Hong-Kong international node of the booming economic future of North East Asia. Smart, Leed certified and directly plugged in into an airport, equipped with one Central Park and one Venice Canal, Song-do is the latest venture in the corporate real-estate bonanza.
So new and so fast, no people and acres of glass. This sleek and fresh ghost town is not only waiting to be lived, but itching to have its first architectural reading. So join us as we depart from the scale of the master-plan and look specifically into these shimmering buildings, to understand each node of this wired operational network through its own face and skin.
Taking as a given the dominant form of the typical plan, the deus ex machina of architectural solutions, we will challenge this in-discriminant sprawl of towers strictly vertically. Each student will propose a full bleed curtain-wall facade system which will be informed by economic and technological drivers as well as by your personal critique of corporate aesthetics and by your own architectural fetishes.
What story will your facade want to project?
The A.A.V.S. Seoul is a two week summer workshop focusing on the realm of corporate architecture. Taking as a given the dominant form of the typical plan, the deus-ex-machina of architectural solutions, we seek to challenge the in-discriminant sprawl of towers, strictly vertically. Each student will propose a full bleed curtain-wall facade system informed by economic and technological drivers as well as your personal critique of corporate aesthetics and your architectural fetishes.