YoulHwaDang Book Hall
YouHwaDang Book Hall - Paju BookCity, Korea
This is the third building in the cluster of three cultural buildings designed by ARU along the Bookmakers Street, Paju Book City in South Korea. The YoulHwaDang Book Hall Building is an extension to the north of the original black YoulHwaDang Publisher building.
Similar to the language of Positive Thinking People Building (two doors down the street) and in a more archaic way similar to the black YoulHwaDang building (immediately next door), the Book Hall Building façade speaks with a friendly classical language of vertical differentiation. It is composed of closely packed buildings each with different proportions and architectural characters that are stacked next to each other or on top of each other. The exterior walls are constructed with exposed light coloured in situ concrete walls and vertical windows.
We like the expression "ensemble" and we ask the question, "What can an ensemble of buildings do for the city"? Can the ensemble be a gift to the city? Can it reveal special qualities of the city or the landscape? We attempt to design buildings that make a strong contribution to the quality of the public realm. These buildings have a sense of civility. This is a gentle civility that can be adapted to embrace the everyday and the special occasion of a particular context.
The Book Hall building makes an offering or a gift to the city in form of the Art Yard, a little public square as an extension of the public space of the Bookmakers Street. The quality of this small public space is reinforced by the architectural articulation of the building’s Art Yard façade and Entrance Portico Building. A closer look reveals three or four different architectural characters in the Art Yard façade.
The different characters to some extent reflect the essential spaces behind the facades: Book Hall, Book Café, Mezzanine Lounge and Apartment House on the upper two floors. This façade has a sense of decorum through a delicate and charming relief, cast in a light colored concrete, as well as a stone-like quality and a strong presence on Bookmaker Street.
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