suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
glen j. SANTAYANA: The new Seoul international train station addresses the studio’s theme of ‘light monumentality’ through its monumental ‘classical’ entry sequence and overall size. While at the same time carrying a quality of lightness in the overall structural make-up and programmatic visual perception and deception.
The station is made up of 2,549 0.5m x 2m rectangular columns arrayed in a gridded pattern with each column specifically rotated to accommodate a programmatic, visual, or circulatory need. The rotation of each column creates a sense of enclosure by limiting and opening views, through which space becomes inherent in its macro organization. The columns and program respond to each other in the sense that the rotation of the column determines program and vice-versa. Urbanistically, the field of columns facilitate urban porosity and continuity through the site by allowing public passage at the main ground level with more private programs floating within the columns.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
gS: Instructors: John Hong + Jinhee Park, SANAA, and Junya Ishigami.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
gS: El Croquis, and making sure the music is set to random.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
gS: Herzog & de Meuron, SANAA, Luxigon, SsD, GSD trays . . .