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Published: Monday, September 04, 2006

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Hangil Book House

Moulding and twisting wood into warped planes that defy the reality of the material, ShoP architects create a continuum of visuals and experiences within the Hangil Book House, only to further weave the building into its context.

By: SHoP Architects PC

Architecture-Page | Hangil Book House by SHoP Architects
View of the Vertical Bar space with its book wall

The vertical bar encloses a 3-storey book wall with ramps.

A wood planked pathway extends into the building and wraps itself around this wall forming the spine of the bar and linking the Book House to the surrounding hillside.

This path forms a continuous line of movement merging a variety of different programs into a seamless sequence of visuals and experiences.

Light streams in through the pixilated book wall from a clearstory window running along its length, offering delightful views into the surround.

Anchoring each landing of the ramp is a different reading space.

Upon climbing the first ramp for instance, one enters into the children's reading room with its views of a shallow pool enclosed by concrete retaining walls.

Architecture-Page | Hangil Book House by SHoP Architects
A wooden plane folds over the exhibition hall to form an undulating wood surface on the roof of the building

A thickened scrim composed of multiple layers of baleen like strips of dark stained 'ipe' wood forms a continuous concave wood surface that folds over the exhibition hall.

A landscape of benches and reclining surfaces have been incorporated within this "dynamic density" of wood, to heighten the seamless relationship between the built and the natural.

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