An (in)visible pavilion

An (in)visible pavilion
Songhyeon Green Plaza / Songhyeon Dong, Seoul, Korea

In the heart of Seoul, right beside the historic palace of the Joseon Dynasty, a pneumatic space emerges from the ground. The location of Songhyeon Dong carries a complex history, with various uses and owners over time. The (in)visible pavilion offers two contrasting perspectives: reflecting on the outside, while revealing transparency within. It acts as a temporal connector, transcending the boundaries of time at the Seoul Architecture Biennale.

Inspired by the site's intricate history, the artists came up with the idea of searching for relics from the past that might be hidden within its soil. Indeed, during the site visit in April 2023, they found several artifacts themselves, which are now displayed along the earthen wall of the installation. An immersive soundscape reveals the echoes of the long-vanished pine forest, once believed to “filter the energy” toward the Gyeongbokgung palace.

This juxtaposition of acoustic memories, visual perceptions, and tactile sensations engenders a multi-sensorial experience, both mysterious and immediate, drawing visitors into a unique narrative.

A Plastique Fantastique project, Marco Canevacci and Yena Young
Team: Pihla Pellinen, Sebastian Podesta, Lucas Sere Peltzer, Erick Montefort

Curator: Sara Kim
Assistant curator: Yong Jin Cho
Landscape architecture: Young-sung Jeon
Soundscape: Marco Barotti (assistant: Misha MacLaren)

Special thanks to: Anna Anderegg
Technical sponsor: ARRI Lighting Solutions

The 4th Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

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