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  • Leðja Blóma (Mud Flower)

    Leðja Blóma (Mud Flower)
    new york NEW YORK & philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA

    PennDesign
    advisors: cecil BALMOND & ezio BLASETTI

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    youngbum KIM & sang-uk PARK: The title of our project is written in Icelandic, which means “Mud Flower” in English. Like a flower blooms in the mud, our pattern scaffold of the building appears in the extreme environment in Iceland. The enormous forces below the site has been expressed into a wide array of phenomena such as boiling mud pot, gas fumarole, and cracking of the ground.

    We want to translate the various types of spots which have different temperature, scope, frequency and nature into the patterns of the scaffold and eventually figure out the architectural programmed space such as mud bath, steam bath and exhibition space to enhance the experience of the visitors coming to the site. In addition, mud from the site is used as a material for the building skin. People can feel the sense of place from the material and program. We researched the behavior of the mud particles to create the excessive form and translated the system into our own language to re-create our own patterns.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    yK & s-uP: Cecil Balmond, Ezio Blasetti, Roland Snooks, and trips to Australia and Germany.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    yK & s-uP: Philosophy of Materials & Structure by Manuel De Landa, Architecture in the digital age; Ennio Morricone, Nujabes, and so on.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    yK & s-uP: Ezio Blasetti, Roland Snooks, Supermanoeuvre, Herzog & de Meuron, Unstudio, BIG, Daniel Libeskind, Cecil Balmond, Santiago Calatrava, Morphosis, and Kengo Kuma.

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