A door implies a place beyond it.
In addition to its functionality such as opening and closing, and safety and privacy, the door means a flexible and changing boundary that defines place. The nature of a traditional Korean door with a lattice set in the door frame, in particular, is quite gentle.
The thin but durable lattice becomes one with changhoji (traditional Koran paper pasted on doors and windows) inside. Due to the semi-transparency unique to changhoji, door properly accommodates the inside and outside, rather than separating them. The look of a worn-out door loosened by many hands enables communication between the inside and outside in a relaxed mood.
We intend to reinterpret the possibility for the boundary of the traditional door using new materials and old methods. As a flexible architectural element rather than a fixed element, a door consists of the structural lattice made of reinforced epoxy and semi-transparent silicone surface. Although transparent, the structural lattice functions well as an independent structure. The soft surface with the elasticity of silicone applied on the structural lattice minimizes the separation between the inside and outside, and even when the door is closed, light and silhouettes beyond the space show through. The act of people opening and closing the door changes the surface of the door due to the elasticity of material. The tactile door beyond visual perception stimulates the inside of our senses and more actively intervenes between spaces.
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Client: Arumjigi Foundation
Video: Kyung Roh / https://vimeo.com/113597044
Photo: Lee Jong-keun, Kyung Roh
Materials: Reinforced epoxy resin, Translucent silicone resin, Steel wire Completion: 2014