Pinocchio by UTAA


Pinocchio, a space for artistic experience nestling in the secluded rural landscape near Unak Mountain in Pocheon, was a deserted space for more than 2 years. The owner wanted the bleak empty space to be remodeled as a space for artistic experience for children, while specific programs required exhibition, experience, book cafe, performance, education etc.

The floor height of the existing building was considerable and the second floor was gable-roofed. Imagining Pinocchio in the stomach of a whale, I proposed a space with ‘a house in house’ and for this I divided up large spaces vertically in the concept of attics and adjusted them to fit the scale of children. I tried to create a space that stimulates the imagination and susceptibility of children, meeting the purpose of space that the owner asked for. Instead of inducing interest by decorative and visual elements, I induced the children themselves to communicate with the interior and exterior of the building, roaming around various spaces of the building.

Besides, adults as well as children were made to adjust them to their scale and blend in with the green surroundings naturally that change in line with time. In particular, the space of book cafe plays a central role in the whole space, where scenic changes by fluid flow of sight-line and changing external light are simultaneously staged by expanding borders by way of intruding the small house-shaped space outside through boring into the existing wall on the first floor of the main building.

Architects: UTAA
Location: Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Area: 495 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jin Hyo-suk


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