Korea Center / SAMOO
Figure 6.Korea Center
Some Engineers are from Seoul Korea and SAMOO Architects from New York studio work together to win the international competition in New York. The project is about New York South Korea center, a new family’s design building for the South Korean cultural service. The construction estimated starts in the end of 2010. The building has eight storeys that in total area of 3,065 square meters will provide spaces for more exhibitions, virous of performances, lectures and administration. The Korea House is planed to locate on East 32nd Street in New York City, to extend the vibrancy of Manhattan’s Korea Town in the Murray Hill neighborhood.
Places in the central space, the multi-layered glass façade as the main scheme that creates a big screen wall that illuminates three sculptural figures made of polished ceramic that is representing humanity earth, and heaven. An open frame directly behind the glass is provides the views of changing in visual messages to the passengers. The transparency of the façade opens the whole activities in the building to street life and refreshes the surrounding area.
The facility is expected to serve as an international gateway to travel in Korea, fashion events and Korean culture issues. The Korean Center street level will offer the display popular trends in Korean clothing and culture – an occurrence known as the ‘Korean wave’ which is hot in Korea currently.
New York is a busy city and one of the important financial gates of the world. Using the existing and limited space between two buildings conducts a project for enhancing New York. Korean Architects and engineers choose New York as their proposed location based on multifunction. Korea Center becomes a connection between Korea and the world; the center is also playing a role to introduce “Korea” to western people. Making a dead, limited space transforms alive and make it functions at the same time. The negative space in New York has been used and the multifunction application enables user to reconfigure of reinterpret spaces.
Multifunction is good, for a current example – iPhone, people could just buy an iPhone with functions: camera, telephone, MP3, and even Internet explore system, instead of purchasing extra equipments to have the required functions. This design concept helps a different era of technology and opens another page of quality of human live as well. Functionalism principle in architecture area is focused on the benefits from the design of structure, material and systemic usage. Space is a site for human interaction, dealings, rituals, games and spectacles. These actions determine the spatial design to a great extent and the spatial features influences the user and the functions. Designing space with multifunction makes the existing space with maximized utilization.