- Conceptual Pavilion
- Spring 2018 / Individual work
The ‘Tracing Lines’ is a subterranean pavilion located in the middle of a rocky mountain range. The project started with studying the idea ‘tracing’ which was addressed from Tim Ingold who is a social anthropologist. His essay ‘Transformations of the Line: Traces,Threads and Surface’ forms part of a wider comparative exploration of the history and anthropology of the line. After constructing a general sense of the idea of ‘lines’ with his ideas in the essay the endeavor to defining the term ‘tracing’ with my own interest and spatialize it drove me to focus on the qualities of ‘tracing’ in geological perception.
A purpose of the project is to apply ‘tracing’ as a tool to explore a specific geography in both analytical and experiential way and the ‘scale’ is adopted as a technical approach to achieve it. The mountain range is set as a site to not only take advantage of its three-dimensional natural form which well represents the organic and arbitrary form of the general geography, but also amplify the experiential quality which people might never have been experienced before in the real scale.
The process begins with drawing orthogonal lines on the mountain range to extract an organized form from the geography. The lines are intersected together but not connected with the end points, which implies organic, uncertain quality of the nature and also its continuity as a whole (lines can be continued endlessly by intersecting to others). Then the height of mountain range is traced by the lines in orthogonal angles. The lines are downscaled to the human scale and placed in the middle of the mountain range to connect its mountains.
The ground beneath this ‘sculptural mountain’ made with steel wires is digged out and a subterranean pavilion is built in it. This has various spatial qualities which is basically designed following the form of the lines but also in the considerations make visitors to experience the ‘sculptural mountain’ in various ways. For instance, some parts of it allows people to see the ‘mountain’ from beneath, others to see its shadows in it, or others.