Edited by: Eugenia Gotti – Architecture Department Editor – email@example.com
What: Performing Arts Studio National Theatre of Korea
Designed by Archiplan, their second prize winning proposal for the Performing Arts Studio of the National Theatre of Korea is an extension design concept for the performers practice facilities in the basement of the existing plaza. The main issue is the vitalization of the environment which is now ‘blocked’ by the retaining wall on the edge of the main road and by the steep slope that makes a disconnection of the site. By embracing art, culture, and the city itself, this proposal connects the two-dimensional old theatre-plaza and the nearby park to link the performer and the citizens while allowing the art and culture flow well.
The composition for a cultural complex in this district is becoming the main issue of cultural solution of this area.The National Theatre is in the midst of symbolic location in a geographical and cultural aspect.It needs an attractive force as a public space, for people of all social stratum.
First, we need to start from understanding and recovering topographic context of this area. Though the existing National Theatre seems as if it is put on a natural landscape, yet the site is an artificial -cut and filled up- ground.The site wants to be a part of the foot of Nam-san
The site of its outstanding natural and historical beauty needs to be environmentally revitalized.We propose the removal of the retaining wall and breaking down the boundary and lower the threshold of the cultural facility and let it open.The continuous space composition penetrates into the National Theatre and this open-space becomes a park, plaza and a stage, which will arouse diverse cultural action.
The practice rooms are where long, delicate, hard and immersed preparations are made for a perfection of one moment performance.The performance of the Theatre is complete at once with specialized facilities for each of the different organizations. The Korean traditional opera, the national dance company, and Korean traditional orchestra have an independent and efficient operating system.