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Pliable Imagination

Kim Sejin


Architect: Kim Sejin

Madang is an outdoor space in front of a building in traditional Korean architecture. Because Madang is usually empty, it is flexible for various uses. The museum Madang resembles the traditional Madang and has an open facade and three walls shared with other buildings of the MMCA.

Pliable Imagination employs grids. Grids embody both wholeness and partiality by definition, which differentiates grids from other dimensions such as concentrated dots, directed lines, and occupied faces. The virtue of grids makes it possible to use the entire Madang in a non-exclusive way. The grid is designed in accordance with the stone plates spaced evenly on the Madang. Poles are a key design element that materializes the grid, given that the poles in the frame structure are the fundamental structural component that creates varying spaces and functions.

Two additional elements that comprise Pliable Imagination are water channels and white boxes. Water channels connected to the existing drain facilities are designed to let visitors play with the water. White boxes are laid all around the Madang to offer seating for visitors.

Pliable Imagination aims to create space by using a system that organizes and aggregates objects. Visitors make changes to the museum Madang by tying or untying fabric to poles, by running or stopping water in the channels, or by moving white boxes here and there. It is another essential point that space is in a state of ongoing change initiated by visitors, not by the architect.