A Formative Framework for Cross-Border Occupation
The design approach explores the infrastructure of a bath house as an armature of programs, while examining the the dynamism of boundaries within the Korean Demilitarized Zone. The bath house is a static element embedded in the site that represents the invisible boundary between the two territories. The proposed building will provide an index within the landscape that will reveal the boundaries of the subterranean programmatic elements geospatially over time. The sinuous roof plane undulates below the subsurface and peaks above the terrain to create a range of spatial thresholds for program, circulation and collective and individual interactions. Light strategically penetrates through the roof structure to create atmospheres that correspond with programmatic elements, in addition to exploring the dichotomous relationship between the boundaries of terrafirma. Visitors can occupy the open space above the structure and engage in the ecological processes and dynamics of the landscape from a meadow as it gradually develops into a forest.
Design Team: Matthew Gindlesperger + Vinh Van