The “Roof Sentiment” installation by SOA constitutes both a modern landmark with its light steel structure and a historical reference due to the woven reed used for shading.
“When it rains, you see rain running down the reeds. When the wind blows, you will hear the reed blinds gently hitting each other. On a clear day, the reed blinds will create different shades of sunlight”
Roof Sentiment Installation Technical Information
- Architects: SOA – Society of Architecture
- Typology: Installations, Cultural Architecture
- Location: Seoul, South Korea
- Client: MMCA, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
- Material: Steel pipe column, stainless steel wire, woven reed
- Project year: 2015
- Photographs: © Kyungsub Shin
Roof Sentiment installation Photographs
Text by the Architects
The “Roof Sentiment” installation was designed and developed by Lee Chi-hoon and Kang Ye-rin – together known as Society of Architecture – and won the 2015 Young Architects Program, composed by the MMCA, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Hyundai Card.
The installation serves as a characteristic summer shading device within the “hostile concrete city”. The roof consists of a 25 meters span woven reed blinds held together, with a set of wires that draw a wave design. The steel pipe structure that bears this roof is located on the top of a forest-like ground floor, covered with “wild plants” and pine tree bark bits that stimulate the user’s flair when it rains.
The roof constitutes an icon of modernity with its light steel structure but also refers to the historical background of Seoul using the traditional woven reed as a hedge.
SOA has been searching for a new agenda derived from the social condition of architecture and urbanism. SOA practices architecture, urbanism, and landscape based on the critical analysis of a culture in complicated circumstances in which local and global demands conflict.
SOA took participation in the exhibition of ‘The Description of Bankruptcy(2010)’ sponsored by Incheon Foundation for Arts & Culture, of ‘Featuring Sewonsanga’ at 2011 Kwanju biennale and of ‘Shape your Life(2012)’ at MAXXI in Rome. For co-operative work with Doo-dance theatre, SOA designed the site-specific performance, “the Dance unfolds the Theatre(2013)” at LG art center. SOA has won several architectural design competitions which were ‘International competition of Gul-up island (1st, 2012)’, ‘International competition of Osong bio valley master plan (honorable mention, 2011)’, ‘International competition of Busan central plaza (honorable mention, 2010)’. SOA published a book, named ‘Flaneure of libraries’ (2012)’ which is a kind of research and report of Libraries in Korea. Now SOA works on the projects, ‘Woopo nature library’, ‘Vietnam Hoabin school library’, ‘Return house at Gokseong-gun’ and ‘Multiplex housing at Yeonnam dong’ Yerin Kang and Chihoon Lee are teaching at K.N.U.A.
Roof Installation Gallery