Gijang near to Busan, port city, the second largest city in Korea, is famous for beautiful scenery of seashore rendered by inspiringly eroded rock, the wave of clean seawater and groups of pine trees at a height of about 30 feet. WAVEON, the unique cafe in the beach, is located on a hill overlooking the shore in Gijang. Our client wanted to get a 500m2-sized building just for the cafe where we can look down the sandy and rocky shore wherever we are. In fact, depending on where and how we see the beach, the sea shows diverse views for us. Accordingly, the significant matter of this project is how we can grasp and deal with the relationship between natural scene and architecture.
Place stacking :
The condition of architecture oriented to outside view from inner space is placed on the maximization of the length of openings facing with sea and beach. Within given Floor area ratio, void space in the center can be a decent solution to make more seats viewing the scenery.
This was embodied by stacking long and sequential spaces that had various heights and were connected each other via a bridge. Wide and long corridor bearing seating space with ocean view deliver internally void in the center and, at the same time, embraces more and diverse scenes from outside.
Furthermore, outer space of this building consists of ‘Pyeongsang’ that is an outdoor furniture traditionally used for small group activities like talking and sipping a cup of tea in the community. Instead of setting a wide terrace in the beach, a series of Pyeongsang under pine trees plays a meaningful role as semi-individualized spaces where we can have an opportunity to enjoy meditative time with a cup of coffee surrounded by natural scenes.
Obliquely punched concrete wall offers a pleasure to peep seashore beyond tall pine trees. In rooftop area, we can notice a certain line where sea and sky become the one. In this building where nature and artificial setting meet together via more meditative but playful ways at the same time, we can experience a new type of retreat beyond cafe.
Project Info :
Architects : Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects
Project Location : Gijang-gun, Busan, South Korea
Architect in Charge : Heesoo Kwak
Project Area : 497.33 m2
Project Year : 2016
Photographs : Kim Jaeyoun
Manufacturers : NANOOMTECH, FILOBE