The troubles of office work leaves a lackluster aftertaste within the minds of the new workers unaccustomed to the practices of the previous generation. From the tedious morning commute, to the cold, uniform internal lighting, a fresh breath brought forth by an exceptional situation would, in many cases, be a welcoming change. In this sense, we sought to bring the outside to the inherently internal morphology of the tunnel.
“This book is divided in 14 chapters, each one corresponding to a specific theme related to underground architecture, and all the studies are being lead with as an objective to investigate the opportunities and the potential offered by these different themes.”
Modern offices, standing tall and singular, tend to cut the office worker off from the urban fabric of the city for several hours per day. These offices even have their own resources to discourage leaving the office space. As the main studio work was to develop comprehensive programs to promote the use of the Euljiro tunnel in Seoul, South Korea; the idea of fitting the office building horizontally within the urban tissue, breaking the usual discontinuity was worked upon.
Combining two of the rooms projects together - the panopticist nature of our previous work with that of a suspended garden - resulted in the Panoptic Garden. Even with two (visual) access points, one from under, and the other from a balcony of another studio, the plants cannot be touched. One can simply observe the growth in a near 360° view. Most of this work is published in the book All About Space vol.2.
A centrally placed observation area similar to the program of a panopticon for a specific kind of surveillance developed based on the various programs of each group within the same studio. This is concluded by a theoretical deconstruction of the protostructure, rendering the range of view a primary and singular element.
The creation of a hidden and marginal space, based on a blank hybrid of the Measures project, either via obstructive elements, apparent decomposition, or via camouflaging. This is accomplished by reworking the Lausanne-Paris surface - masking what is normally the most apparent and available space. Weekly camouflage tests were carried out ranging from advantageous use of parallax as a means of obstruction, dazzle camouflage, op-art, and even aberrations of the human eye. In the end, jpeg corruption of the Measures facades was selected as a decent medium between ‘concealment’ and ‘confusion’.
An intersection fabric, joining Paris and Lausanne, was chosen as the main starting element for all work within the 1st year studios. This was fragmented and given to groups of two (or three depending on dissolved groups). In our case, the intersection consisted of Avenue Georgette and Boulevard Sébastopol.