The winner of the Young Architects Program (in collaboration with the Modern Museum of Art in New York and MMCA) presents an astonishing structure called “Roof Sentiment.” Conceived of by The Society of Architecture (SoA) Lee Chihoon and Kang Yerin reimagined the concept of a roof, not merely as the top of a building but as an exploration of space in harmony with nature.
The structure was created by plaiting large woven swathes of reeds, creating an undulating space that not only soared towards the sky but also created an intimate space for visitors to enjoy near the ground. The materials choice was made due to the cultural significance and longevity of reeds as a traditional Korean building material.
The looseness of the structure creates an environment that feels peaceful, despite the gravity felt from layers of reeds. The structure felt airy, and as an observer I felt like a breeze moving through the immense sails of a ship. The intimacy, yet openness of the space, created an environment friendly to children and soothing to adults.
After walking through the structure I gained a new perspective on the materiality of reeds and on the idea of what a roof, or a structure, really is. The piece will be on display until September 30th, so be sure to stop by MMCA during some especially gorgeous weather.