An 180-square-metre part of the constructing’s floor ground has been was the Vans part, crammed with plywood modules that may be mixed in many alternative methods to create easy, adaptable interiors.
“The challenge is predicated on the evaluation of a single module in a position to resolve any kind of program,” studio founder Andrea Caputo instructed Dezeen.
The fashionable sculptures by American artists Donald Judd and Carl Andre additionally influenced the design.
“We made an investigation not simply regarding dimensions and excellent proportions but in addition trying on the method founders of minimalism approached modularity in relationship with house,” Caputo added.
“Donald Judd was as involved about his paintings’s ratio as its correct setting in a selected context. It’s a related method to that of Carl Andre and his combos.”
The shop’s inside was designed to be linked to its environment.
“On the Vans space, we proposed an additional clear glass facade so as to join the house to the road as a lot as attainable,” mentioned Caputo.
Inside, the studio demolished current drywall to show the concrete wall beneath.
Its rough-hewn texture contrasts with the massive glazed entrance of the shop and capabilities as a background to the plywood cubes that kind show instances and benches.
Andrea Caputo designed the regionally constructed plywood modules particularly as a reference to Vans’ roots in youth tradition.
“Pipe plywood corresponds to utilitarian supplies, regionally out there and regionally produced, so as to hold the challenge dependable,” Caputo mentioned.
“Vans can also be a model traditionally linked to younger cultures, and plywood belongs to a era very conversant in this aesthetics.”
Native artists Kwangho Lee and Chris Ro additionally contributed to the inside of the Vans retailer. Lee, who works with rope and textiles, created the black and white cowl for the plywood benches, whereas Ro designed a screen-printed paintings that covers one of many partitions.
“We tried to ascertain one other neutrality for a gallery house conceived as white field: a uncooked context the place partitions are usually not even painted however left as they’re discovered,” Caputo defined.
“We tried to keep away from types of everlasting intervention,” he added. “Artworks by native creators corresponding to Kwangho Lee and Chris Ro are a part of the identical transitory logic.”
Different current initiatives in Seoul embrace minimalist micro apartments by Ian Lee and a mixed-use scheme by Henning Larsen that will feature a cluster of tower and timber buildings.
Pictures is by Yong Joon Choi.