Music Holl: A Copper Clad Pavilion in Seoul

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April 8, 2013
Inspired by a never-performed symphony he discovered in a book by avant-garde composer John Cage, architect Steven Holl has designed a masterful home and gallery in Seoul that fuses architecture and music. Read Full Article
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  A watercolor by architect Steven Holl was an early step toward translating an obscure musical score by István Anhalt into a new home and gallery in Seoul, South Korea  Photo by: Iwan Baan

    A watercolor by architect Steven Holl was an early step toward translating an obscure musical score by István Anhalt into a new home and gallery in Seoul, South Korea

    Photo by: Iwan Baan

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  When viewed from above, the Daeyang Gallery and House is nearly identical to the sketch Anhalt made for his Symphony of Modules, though Holl has filled Anhalt’s negative space with a pool of water.  Photo by: Iwan Baan

    When viewed from above, the Daeyang Gallery and House is nearly identical to the sketch Anhalt made for his Symphony of Modules, though Holl has filled Anhalt’s negative space with a pool of water.

    Photo by: Iwan Baan

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  István Anhalt's sketch of the Symphony of Modules, which took him five years to compose.  Photo by: Iwan Baan

    István Anhalt's sketch of the Symphony of Modules, which took him five years to compose.

    Photo by: Iwan Baan

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  Clad in copper panels that Holl had fabricated by the Kansas City, Missouri, company Zahner, the house is daylit by a host of rectangular skylights (inspired by the musical staff) punched through the roofs and the pool’s floor.  Photo by: Iwan Baan

    Clad in copper panels that Holl had fabricated by the Kansas City, Missouri, company Zahner, the house is daylit by a host of rectangular skylights (inspired by the musical staff) punched through the roofs and the pool’s floor.

    Photo by: Iwan Baan

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  Holl designed seven rugs specifically for the home. The one in this room shows the building’s interplay of structure and water; the architect also designed the light fixture next to it.  Photo by: Iwan Baan

    Holl designed seven rugs specifically for the home. The one in this room shows the building’s interplay of structure and water; the architect also designed the light fixture next to it.

    Photo by: Iwan Baan

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  In the tearoom, Tre 3 chairs by Angelo Mangiarotti for AgapeCasa surround a Trienna table by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek.  Photo by: Iwan Baan

    In the tearoom, Tre 3 chairs by Angelo Mangiarotti for AgapeCasa surround a Trienna table by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek.

    Photo by: Iwan Baan

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  Holl designed rectangular punctures in the various roofs and in the central pool of water to allow bars of light to dance and play on the interior.   Photo by: Iwan Baan

    Holl designed rectangular punctures in the various roofs and in the central pool of water to allow bars of light to dance and play on the interior. 

    Photo by: Iwan Baan

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