THE LIVING (David Benjamin & Soo-in Yang) , Living Light (2009) Seoul (South Korea)

THE LIVING (David Benjamin & Soo-in Yang) , Living Light (2009) Seoul (South Korea)
Living Light is a permanent outdoor pavilion in the heart of Seoul with a dynamic skin that glows and blinks in response to both data about air quality and public interest in the environment.

The skin of the pavilion is a giant map of Seoul with the 27 neighborhood (gu) boundaries redrawn based on existing air quality sensors of the Korean Ministry of Environment - each shape in this new map encloses the air closest to one of the sensors. Then the map illuminates to become an interactive, environmental building facade. Citizens can enter the pavilion or view it from nearby streets and buildings, and they can text message the building and it will text them back.

This structure in a public park not only provides a canopy and a tactile enclosure, it also suggests that a building facade itself can become a new kind of public space. It can offer important real-time information about our shared resources and our collective concerns.

In designing the structure, we used a process of automated optimization - with a parametric model, multi-objective optimization software, and a genetic algorithm - to generate 25,000 possible designs. We evolved a final roof-and-column frame that performs well structurally and uses material efficiently, but is unexpected and different than any rule-of-thumb would suggest.

Commissioned by City Gallery and the Municipal Government of the City of Seoul

Contact : THE LIVING (David Benjamin + Soo-in Yang)