In this digital age where iPads and e-readers have become increasingly common literary companions, reading is not what it used to be—most of us have become immersed in the fast-paced world of our own electronic devices where we get constantly interrupted by social media posts and messages along the way. As part of an initiative to revitalise the city and improve social cohesion in Seoul, the city government has decided to open up the Seoul Innovation Park to increase interaction between tenants and citizens in an attempt to bring the public together. For the past 60 years, the 100,000 square metres of the site was occupied by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. With this plan, the Mobile Library project comprising four pop-up libraries was born.
Taking cue from the park’s cubic logo, these four miniature libraries have taken the generic shape of a cube, but are distinctive in their various colours, finishing materials and positioning angles—they have transformed the previously dull space by breathing life into the area, and inviting the public to slow down and relax. Each bright structure has been named after its defining exterior character: Pipe, Mirage, Block and Membrane.
The Block pavilion can be described as a ‘parasitic’ pavilion—attached at an angle to an existing six-storey building named Miraechung, the largest facility on the site, it offers a visual respite to the staggering structure. Sharing the same brick wall, which is used as the main exhibition wall, the Block pavilion is intended to also function as an exhibition area or a meeting place. With yellow walls and a green translucent window, this pavilion is visually outstanding and its unusual tilt draws the public’s attention.
|Project Name||Mobile Library by SpaceTong (ArchiWorkshop)|
|Location||Seoul Innovation Park, Seoul, South Korea|
|Completion Date||15 December 2015|
|Site Area||100,000 square metres|
|Gross Floor Area||78 square metres|
|Number of Rooms||4 individual pavilion libraries|
|Building Height||Pipe and Membrane pavilions: 3 metres; Block and Mirage pavilions: 4 metres|
|Client/Owner||Seoul Innovation Park; Seoul, South Korea|
|Architecture Firm||SpaceTong (ArchiWorkshop)|
|Principal Architects||Hee-Jun Sim; Su-Jeong Park|
|Main Contractor||TCM Global|
|Images/Photos||June-Young Lim; SpaceTong (ArchiWorkshop)|