Architectures&Architects
WISE
Korea

Intro:

Young Jang, AIA, LEED AP, born in 1970, received his Master of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley after received Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Hongik University in Korea. Sook Hee Chun, AIA, LEED AP, born in 1975, received her Master of Architecture from Princeton University after received BS in Architecture from Ewha Womans University in Korea. They are registered architects whose background includes such major international design firms as Rafael Vinoly Architects, Steven Holl Architects, and Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects in New York, and Iroje Architects and Planners, Seoul, Korea. After jointly establishing WISE Architecture in 2008, the two recently completed ‘The ABC Building’, ‘Fortress Wall House’ in Seoul,‘¾ & 1¼’ House in Yi-Cheon, Korea. And also, they have participated in many architectural art activities such as ’Yi Sang’s House’ project in collaboration with other artists, and planned and exhibited ‘Box Mobile Galley”(2010), ‘Bamboo Pavilion’(2011), ‘Red Tubing House’(2012) in public.

Honour:

WISE won The Best Prize of Seoul City Architectural Awards with “The Museum of War & Women Human Rights”in 2012 and 4th Korean Young Architects Awards in 2011. And also, Jang and Chun worked as architectural instructors at Korea National University of Arts and are teaching at Ewha Womans University.

Case:

 

The Museum of War and the Women’s Human Rights
WWHR Museum opened in may 2012 to stop violence against women in armed conflict regions that is happening around the women in addition to internationally arising issue of “comfort woman” who were forced to be sexual slaves for Japanese soldiers during Pacific War Period by Empire of Japan. The museum records the turbulent history of women drafted into sexual slavery by the Japanese military and is the result of nine years of efforts by civil society. Built in a renovated home on the foothills of Mt. Seongmi in Seoul’s Mapo district, the museum has two stories and a basement level, for a total area of 308 square meters. The overall of the museum progresses as a narrative museum, where the orientation of the exhibits goes through recollection, reflection, recovery and record. The stone walls of the staircase leading up from the basement are engraved with final words from former “comfort women” who have since passed away. Black bricks, main building material of the Museum, symbolized an epitaph of tragic history of comfort woman who are grandmother or passed away. The brick screen wall conveys the layered history of old and now as linked to the present. The space behind the brick screen wall is moaning place for passed-away grandmothers who had painful memory. On each brick, there is a photo and remain words of the grandmothers. Each brick of the façade is suggestive of suffering and plight of women throughout history.
 

The Bamboo House
There were 12 abandoned houses in a small local town, Kasang-ri, Kyung-book, Korea  after people who used to live in the house left for the cities and only houses remain. The Bamboo house was built after dismantling parts of a 300 years old abandoned house and placing bamboo screen wall and roof over the house. The bamboo screen permits the wind to blow through and guests to view the sky from within. It is currently used as a tourist information center. The rebirth and abandoned house created a space for residents and tourist alike. The creation of the bamboo house was a process of removal. That is, what to remove and what to keep of the old house structure had to be decided prior to add more materials to  the dismantled house to create a useful space.