Kyeong Jae Lee
Advanced Design Studio: Gehry
A concert is a feast; where an anonymous audience comes together to dance without moving, sing without singing and dream their own dreams to the same sonic script.
A concert hall must be contained, open inward but closed off from the outside, in order to fill itself with exuberant visual and acoustic energy. Nonetheless, as a civic building, the Barbican Centre demands openness to the adjacent community to remain actively inviting.
Enabling contrasting qualities on the same site required a collision of two tectonic languages coming from different scales; one at the concert scale and the other at the urban scale. The project developed into a study of how these two conditions meet, how they relate, and how to transition between them.
Material Formation in Design
The essence of natural beauty lies in its generative purity - the process of formation is untouched, uninterrupted by humans, who can only engage in artful, sectional revelation after the fact. I see great beauty in the section of geographical stratification - in layers and layers of time built upon one another sheared and penetrated by subliminal force at an enormous scale. Instead of replicating the phenomenon itself, I elected to adopt the process in order to control the purity of its formation, and at the same time, establish an agenda to generate iterations that can be endlessly reproduced and further transformed. The final production is a juxtaposition of layered porosity that can either perform as an architectural surface or an architectural volume.