It's not exactly a house, nor entirely a gallery, but it does have a wine bar'and might best be described as 'semi-public.' That said, Steven Holl is comfortable with fluid, hybrid typologies, having designed projects such as the Linked Hybrid complex in Beijing, which combines housing, retail, cinema, and recreation. But for the Daeyang Gallery and House, his first project in Korea, the New York architect also threw in an avant-garde music metaphor, a mathematical reference, and a hefty dose of the 'phenomenology' for which he is known. The result is a 10,700-square-foot compound that, despite its heavy-handed complexity, resonates with remarkable subtleties.
Built for the Daeyang Shipping Company to display its collection of art, which spans from ancient Korean artifacts to cutting-edge contemporary works, the project occupies a hilly site in a posh residential section of Seoul. It comprises three pavilions'a guest residence, an event space, and a reception area'that emerge from a reflecting pool on the roof of a sprawling, lower-level gallery.