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This building's facade will be recycled when it is demolished

“We intended to reinterpret the possibility for the boundary of the wall using new materials.”


SITUATED ON A nondescript street corner in South Jeolla Province in South Korea, this building is home to a facade that will be recycled when the building is demolished.

The concept is the work of artist and architect Hyunje Joo, who used 1,500 lightweight plastic baskets to finish the outside of the building.

He told that the plan was to change the perception of what an exterior wall had to be.

“We intended to reinterpret the possibility for the boundary of the wall using new materials.

“As a flexible architectural element rather than a fixed element, tbe wall consists of 1,500 semi-transparent baskets. This surface minimizes the separation between the inside and outside, light and silhouettes beyond the space show through.”


Throughout the day, the light coming through the baskets alters the diffusion and silhouettes, something that Joo was keen to exploit.

“The surface of the wall changes over time due to the interreflection-reflection of material.

“Time stimulates the inside of our senses and more actively intervenes between spaces.”


Part of the appeal of the project was the ability to recycle the materials and use them again, says Joo, who has trained and worked between Korea and Germany.

“When the building is demolished in two years, the baskets can be reused. And this idea could be expanded on.”

According to his website, Joo’s architecture practice “works within the disciplines of architecture, art and design”.

“We view every new opportunity as an exciting challenge. The result of this process is a unique and tailored design, remarkable and relevant in equal measure.

“We are deeply curious about how thoughtful design can make people feel, and the positive impact it can create.”

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