“Weatherman” is a series of interactive art sculptures mimicking familiar man-made massing around the scenery along the Red River Mutual Trail - Snowman. The scale of weathermen varies from 5 feet tall non-occupiable objects to 10 feet tall pavilions with hollow structure inside, which can be occupied by people and function as warming huts.
Composed of sculpted and stacked insulation foams inside and plaster coating outside, weathermen are painted in various colors in warm tone palette. Introduction of warming palette of color in barren, frigid environment enlivens the site with visual and physical presence of warming huts.
“Weathermen” are laid out in a simple 4 x 4 grid where they are all positioned on same ground elevation at the beginning of the installation. As snow piles up around the installation during winter storms, visitors can speculate amount of precipitation by using weathermen as a measuring tool with familiar human scale.
Strategically placed mundane objects recreated in unexpected scale and color can bring out curiosity and resurface one’s childhood winter memories. “Weathermen” aims to become a colorful warming hut invoking visitors’ past memories and creating new ones simultaneously.
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Project Status: Built
Year : 2019
Client : Domaine de Chaumont-sur-loire , Festival International Des Jardins
Each year, international garden festival at Chaumont-sur-loire invites designers around the world to build garden under different themes. Jaemee studio’s 20 doorways was selected to be built part of 2019 edition, “Jardins de paradis”
Paradise often refers to heaven, place of exceptional happiness and delight.
They are places without one’s direct encounter, but rather results of one’s fantasy and imagination. As a conception of imaginary minds, it could be thousands of different places according to individuals. It could be blue ocean, endless prairie filed, field of fully bloomed flowers, garden of Eden, or even mysterious spaces like galaxy. Anyplace one can imagine.
We interpreted paradise as collection of unreal and fantastic landscapes one can possibly imagine. We used “Door” as a method (or tool) to introduce people to sneak a glance at multiple paradises at once .
“ Doorways” is a garden composed of 12 doors that are laid on the ground in a grid. Exposure to what is behind individual doors vary as some of them are closed while others are fully or partially opened.
Visitors encounter a collection of adjacently placed landscape of paradise. Mixture of living plants and artificial materials create unexpected scenery of paradise by juxtaposition of familiar and common materials in unconventional way.
Similar to how Rene Magritte made ‘everyday objects shriek aloud’ in his paintings, “20 Doors” aims to create unexpected space that are composed of different yet familiar landscapes in coexistence.
Planting selections are simple yet colorful which can be bloom throughout whole garden festival season. From fern such as Osmunda regalis, and perennial grass like Prairie Dropseed to small flowering tree, Cercis canadensis enliven each paradise with various color in elevation. Artificial materials such as mirror-like surface reflecting the sky and photo printed galaxy add surrealistic atmosphere.
Door often symbolizes passage or transition between spaces. Standing in front of doors, one becomes curious about encounter with new space. The intention of “20 doors” garden is not to mimic and define what paradise is, but to arise curiosity and question ourselves what it could be. Is it a place filled with endless garish plantings, or are those more like up in the air as you are floating with clouds?
As you walk into the garden, gallery of doors with paradise awaits your selection.
A playground is defined as a place where a particular group of people choose to enjoy themselves. It often includes playful rides and equipments such as slide, seesaw, and swing, stimulating one’s physical excitement through imminent change of heights and velocity. Unlike prevalent forms of playgrounds, Our proposal “Ted” is not a playground with immediate physical amusement, but a comfortable and soothing ground that brings delight through one’s memory of comfort playing with toys.
Covered with sod lawn, “Ted” is topographic land art mimicking form of a teddy bear in sublime scale. Resembling silhouette and form of a familiar toy, the garden incites one’s nostalgic childhood memory of playing with toys, who they might have often played with, or some times sat quietly and listened while they confided their dreams and sorrows.
Within the garden composed of eight landform mounds with varied sizes, visitors can climb up, sit, and lay down comfortably on grassy hills as if they are hugged by a teddy bear. The juxtaposition of unexpectedly familiar form in immense scale with calm surrounding trees and landscape of the site brings curiousness and surprise.
One does not need to be a teddy bear lover, or learn how to play with it to embrace “Ted.” The garden welcomes visitors of all ages and persuades everyone to sit on one’s own playful childhood memories.
Soda Museum Installation Proposal. Artificial Nature: Containment of Nature in Concrete
Chim, Chimney : Mary Poppins Inspired Garden
Project Status: Under Construction
Client : Xardines de Allariz (Theme of the year : Cinema Garden )
Location : Allariz, Spain
Among numerous narrative elements of cinema, such as character, plot, conflict, resolution, dialogue, and visual, a scene is the irrefutable building block of a screenplay. The ability of a scene to actually make you feel that “you were there” is what makes a cinema a “live” emotional experience. Gardens often play an important role in setting up different atmospheres for the scene. From romantic movie, Pride and Prejudice (2005) featuring traditional English gardens in Wiltshire to Thrillers like The Shining(1980)’s frozen hedge maze in isolated hotel mansion deep inside Colorado mountain, movies use different types of landscape garden to intentionally convey and maximize emotions of their plot and characters.
While some movies construct scene through different gardens, we explored inversely how a garden could be reconstructed, inspired by a movie.
Our proposal, “Chim Chimney” is a cinematically themed garden, inviting people into the realm of fantasy by recreating and reinterpreting an atmosphere of a film. Specifically inspired by the movie, Mary Poppins (1964), “Chim Chimney” recreates magical and iconic scene of Mary Poppins singing “Chim Chim Chree” with Burt, the chimney sweeper, on the roof with her flying umbrella.
Walking around the garden, visitors encounter a series of chimneys and roofs on their eye level as if they are walking and flying over the roofs. These mundane objects we see around us in daily lives become extraordinary and imaginative by placing them in unexpected elevation.
Performing as planters, Chimneys highlight each plants strategically placed inside. Various heights of vegetation maximize dynamic floral experience along varied elevations. Roofs are made out of simple plywood frame, bricks, shingles and roof tiles that are assimilating with atmosphere of surrounding building context in the site.
“Chim Chimney” is an iconic cinematic garden that can be enjoyed by various group of people, regardless of their age and one’s whereabout. It brings memory of the film for those who have seen the movie, and introduce it to those who have not. It is a scenic stage orchestrated by various plants and chimneys that allows visitors to become main actors and actresses themselves singing along Mary Poppins.
Proposal for International Ideas Competition for the Regeneration of Tongyeong Dockyard.
JAEMEE STUDIO x CP TANGO
Floral analogies have been employed to describe various attributes of femininity in art and literature throughout the history of mankind. The beauty of a woman is often compared to the life of a flower, as it begins with a small enclosed bud , becomes a mature flower with full blossom at peak of its beauty, and later becomes wilted stems after the petals fall. Starlets in the competition are like flowers that were never been bloom, where their celebrity dream has never been achieved with fame. Our proposal “Blooms” mimics blossom of flower not only through its symbolic physical form, but also through a delicate circulation and experience around the installation that redeems and celebrate the beauty of each forgotten starlet.
“Blooms” is a hanging art installation, an aggregate composition of 30 Petals which spotlights each starlets. Each petal is a hollow rectangular light wood structure composed of various angle with contrasting color scheme on its surface; pure dark on the exterior, and glamorous primary color on the interior. At the end of each petal, semi transparent vinyl with printed starlets’ portrait is attached. Variation of interior color scheme and elevation hung from the ceiling structure of individual petals enlivens each starlet’s photography with colorful and immersive visitor experience. The size and scale of “Blooms” create an atmosphere of wonder and delight. “Blooms” allows visitors to observe, discover and reveal beauty of each starlet. The experience of visiting bloom petals are not merely approaching a symbolic art object, but rather giving a moment of appreciation for unbloomed beauties.
ROOT X PLAY
Monumentality of a forest is often associated with scale of its members’ visible components; trunk and canopy. However, foundation of those elements is often neglected due to its subterranean position; root. Our proposal “Root x Play” discovers and reinterpret the green forest’s source of monumentality, by mimicking and abstracting roots of existing trees in Site 13 and elevating them onto ground level which interacts with visitors.
Configuration of the project is laid out as a series of bars in radial direction around the tree trunk to reflect the idea of typical exposed tree root system. Each bars of reinterpreted root veins vary in height and colors, which perform as not only occupiable bench under trees, but also colorful steps children can easily climb up and play. Larger scale bar can also acts as platform where visitors can lounge and relax.
Made out of simple lumber structure, the whole project can be easily assembled and fully recycled after deconstruction. “Root x Play” becomes a symbolic landscape scale object, yet possesses playful elements inducing human scale interaction with the site and extending one’s visit. It is a piece highlighting monumentality of unseen foundation of existing trees, but also a playful and educational art installation.
Monumentality of a forest is often associated with scale of its members’ visible components; trunk and canopy. However, foundation of those elements is often neglected due to its subterranean position; root.
Our proposal “Root Forest” discovers the green forest’s source of monumentality, by exposing one of the tree roots and creating a field of infinite illusion.
Its components consist of a driftwood root surrounded by four one sided mirror walls facing inward. From the exterior of the installation, four simple 3 meters high walls stand in the middle of forest like totem poles, elevating one’s curiosity. As visitors enter the installation, they confront infinite forest of roots which are juxtaposed with real forests outside.
“Root Forest” is a secret room which can be seen as a simple monolithic walls from outside, while creating a field of illusion as if one is standing in middle of an infinite field of root. The installation elevates a concept of monumentality not from creating a single monumental physical object, but from visual illusion and human curiosity.
The military fortress of Capo d’Orso in Palau was erected at the end of the 1800s in the years known as the “Great Fortification” period. Even as a ruin in present day, it preserves the unique and beautiful structure of military fortress. Main challenges in this site is how to transform the isolated/introverted historical remnants to the open/welcoming place for visitors without destroying original beauty of its structure.
The design preserves original fortress elements, including existing cobblestone walls, and heavy walled chamber structure while suggesting a new structure as a strong connection between separated and disconnected remaining structures.The new connecting volume offers a continuous experience with various level changes, following existing natural topography and retaining wall of the site. The roof of new volume is the extension of existing pathway, which facilitates to encounter various activities and offers spectacular views of surrounding landscape and a panoramic view of Mediterranean Sea. Under the roof, there are a series of interior space with new programs, a cluster of restaurant, events space, retail, cafeteria, library and the museum with memorial above, the heart of new complex. Our proposal is not a distinguished architectural feature, but a merged/harmonized connecting volume with existing historical structure.
JAEMEE STUDIO x CP TANGO
PROJECTION OF SCENERY
As a place for relaxation and leisure, Yeoui-Naru has been an easily accessible site for people of Seoul, Korea to visit and spend time in the Han River waterfront. However, after rapid industrial development and urbanization, most of today’s Han River facilities are severed from the function and context of Seoul, and are mostly isolated as a landmark with a strong symbolism at the end of the Han River. Projection of Scenery proposes a new Seoul Yeoui-Naru for everyone beyond such urban severance.
Yeouido is a high-density business and residential district with concentration of high-rise buildings and a grand central park with seasonal urban festivals such as cherry blossoms and fireworks, accommodating various urban and leisure activities. As an island between the Han River, Yeouido is fully surrounded by the riverfront.
Starting from the livelihood of urban life in Yeouido, New Yeoui-Naru creates an axis of continuous experience that naturally leads to a beautiful green park and waterfront space. The sequential axis from the city center, the park, and the Han river intersects with a new axis that is parallel to the flow of the Han River. The intersection of two axes create a waterfront space as a rest area for all citizens which surpasses its mere function of a ferry terminal.
Rather than an icon with a splendid formality, but with a simple form accompanied by various materials and facade design, the project becomes a permanent space where the beauty of city, green space and water is maximized and reproduced in harmony. New Yeoui-Naru is not just a passenger terminal, but an urban node including various elements such as events, performance space, open-air cafes and cultural exhibitions. As a public space mixed with nature, layers of materials and spaces with maximized transparency are superimposed with reflections where the boundary of inside and outside is vaguely rendered. It becomes a unique architectural space where unexpected harmony of water, nature and people come together.
JAEMEE STUDIO x CP TANGO x Beomki Lee
ART INSTALLATION PROPOSAL
International Competition for Architectural Ideas Suncheon Art Platform
Design Period : Apr. 2016 - May. 2015
With Simplex Architecture and Yunsun Shim
Originally called Gam-pyeong or Seung-pyeong, Suncheon has unique geographic, historic, cultural and ecologic context. Like how its original names were derived, the city of Suncheon is situated in gentle topography surrounded by mountains and streams. With these diverse surrounding landscape scenes, the City of Suncheon is renowned as an ecological city, domestically and internationally.
The site of art plaza has many critical historic features. Yeonja-ru, the south gate of old town, functioned as a place for local joint meeting. Through many years in history, its scenic beauty of the castle, waterfront and surrounding nature made it appear in various literary works.
Adjacent to the historical remains such as Suncheonhyanggyo and Palmabi, the site is also near by the cultural street, a fashion street and Jungangro underground shopping mall. As a part of long-term urban regeneration projects, the site will be developed as a hub and a gateway to the old downtown of Suncheon city. Moreover, a variety of downtown regeneration projects are well under way around the city, utilizing its abundant historical and cultural resources.
Extending the vision of the Dupont Underground for the forgotten subterranean trolley station beneath Dupont Circle in Washington D.C, WISH-BALL redirects public attention to the site, on which they are invited to engage with project and illuminate this forgotten space with their memory from past, present and future. WISH-BALL raises public awareness for this historic streetcar station through visitor’s engagement on the entire installation process. It is an unprecedented art installation that is temporary on site, but permanent off site. Collaboratively participating on the installation and sharing their art will surely transform the Dupont Circle to a venue for future arts.
WISH-BALL is an installation sharing memory from the past. Upon entering to the tunnel, each visitor will be asked to write or draw her/his memory on a wish-ball with LED light inside, and then link it with one of pre-suspended strings from the ceiling above. After public participation completes the installation, all general public will be welcome to enjoy the underground space with three different zones with unique spatial configuration achieved by wish-balls. Together with pre-fabricated ball-bag benches and meandering ball-pools on the platform, the streetscape will become a space for a new memory. After the public exhibition, participants will be kindly invited back to the site where they can retrieve their wish-balls. Whether as a souvenir from participants’ home with its physical presence or as a online post from social media platform, wish-balls will continue to share its memory.