A devious structure initiated by an artist aimed at using a combination of design with natural elements to create peace within two disputed countries.
The word peace is as commonly used as uncommonly achieved. In a chaotic world where everything and everyone is on a deadline, under stress and dealing with unnecessary animosities, an artist has craftily used art to bridge the divide between North & South Korea as a small part of a larger project also initiated by him called The Dream Project. Choi Jae-Eun, the said artist who aspires to use architecture and design to make this peace has created the Condensation Pavilion.
This is a pavilion that is made of its own environment; the wind, the fog and the forest, which are drawn together creating a tranquil space. It engages directly with the cycles of the surroundings, collecting the fog that occurs naturally on site and condensing it into a spiraling stream that flows onto a passing river and disappears into the sea.
The project envisions a series of open-air ‘Jung Ja’ meditation pavilions built of and in the dematerialized zone and connected by a pedestrian bridge elevated above thousands of landmines below.
Made from entwined strands of bamboo, each ring frames a shimmering sheet of fabric mesh designed to capture moisture from the fog. The water droplets that form on the mesh are then channeled into a small stream that flows from the center of the pavilion, coiling outwards until it reaches the Imjin River which divides North & South Korea.
Walking is a central act to the pavilion’s design. The structure is conceived to follow the shifting perspectives of a journey along the path through the landscape rather than being a single static point.
The pavilion materializes and evolves with the movement of the people walking along the bridge. Advancing from both directions, pedestrians reach a point where the seemingly scattered distribution of rings suddenly coheres into a symmetrical pattern – a harmonic vision shared by visitors from both ends.
The Condensation Pavilion is one such space that has ambitions of the greater good. Collaborating with international architects such as Shigeru Ban and Studio Mumbai who have utilized the weather changes to trigger this process of fog harvesting, the structure remains a masterpiece and paving way as an inspiration for budding do-gooders in the design world.
Text by Neerja Kapadia