Advanced Studio, Fall 2011: Kim

  • Work by Jinfan Chen for advanced studio taught by Sung Ho Kim, Fall 2011.
    Work by Jinfan Chen for advanced studio taught by Sung Ho Kim, Fall 2011.
  • Work by Jinfan Chen for advanced studio taught by Sung Ho Kim, Fall 2011.
    Work by Jinfan Chen for advanced studio taught by Sung Ho Kim, Fall 2011.
  • Work by Jinfan Chen for advanced studio taught by Sung Ho Kim, Fall 2011.
    Work by Jinfan Chen for advanced studio taught by Sung Ho Kim, Fall 2011.
  • Work by Christopher Perrodin for advanced studio taught by Sung Ho Kim, Fall 2011.
    Work by Christopher Perrodin for advanced studio taught by Sung Ho Kim, Fall 2011.
  • Work by Reid Caudill for advanced studio taught by Sung Ho Kim, Fall 2011.
    Work by Reid Caudill for advanced studio taught by Sung Ho Kim, Fall 2011.
  • Work by Reid Caudill for advanced studio taught by Sung Ho Kim, Fall 2011.
    Work by Reid Caudill for advanced studio taught by Sung Ho Kim, Fall 2011.

Advanced Studio, Fall 2011
CAMOUFLAGE: MEGA_CHURCH

Sung Ho Kim, Associate Professor

A mega church is one with an average weekend attendance of 2,000 or more people, thus requiring many adjustments. The immense architecture of the mega church requires that the entire congregation can see and hear. Large open spaces allow lines of sight to elaborate video presentations and projections. The need for large parking lots to accommodate worshipers has often led to these churches being located on the outskirts of large cities, on tracts encompassing multiple acres.

For this comprehensive studio, students develop an alternative solution for mega big box architecture to mutate into a tight urban context by using the city's texture and material as the transformative tool. The program of mega church is a complex system of infrastructural and massing experimentations.

The notion of the Camouflage—a method of crypsis (hiding) that allows an otherwise visible organism or object to remain unnoticed by blending with its environment—allows new strategies to develop to integrate massive volumetric building to interface with the urban landscape. Students use the concept of camouflage as a transformative process by deploying Google Earth, a virtual globe and geographical information program that maps the earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography, and GIS 3D globe. Specifically, students open Google Earth's data source and grafting it into a virtual environment for architectural operations. This design strategy develops a layering of materials and textures to blend into the site condition, allowing smoother transitions from architecture into landscape and overall urban concept.

The site for this project is Dongdaemun Market, a large commercial district in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Completely destroyed during the Korean War, the market has slowly rebuilt over the years, and now has 26 shopping malls situated over 10 blocks, 30,000 specialty shops, and 50,000 manufacturers.