Hyunsuk Yun

MArch I

Hide and Seek: Perception and Disposition of Poché in Architecture

Advised by Elizabeth Christoforetti

Historically, thickness has been an essential driver of the design process due to the physical constraints from materials and structure. Technological advances in the early 20th century liberated architects from these constraints, and surfaces and planes became the predominant way of conceiving the division of space. In this sense, modernism can be thought of as the transition from thick and solid walls to thin planes in space design, which, at the same time, changed the perception of poché that represents the idea of thinness and thickness in architecture.

The increasing capacity of building systems in contemporary architecture stands to this benefit from thinness and optimizes poché just to enclose building equipment, such as HVAC and MEP. Poché has lost the possibility of manipulative magic in contemporary space in comparison to a time when it was an inevitable character in the disposition of space. Can poché still be an operative design methodology, generating novel experience in space?

This thesis explores how contemporary poché could intervene in the architectural design process, refabricating our perception and the disposition of space, and providing occupants with an everyday architectural hide-and- seek experience. The office building will act as a test bed, where we observe the tension between the high degree of practicality it requires, and new ways of working and collaborating will require new modes of designing space. Poché will be a mediator that catalyzes the synthetic reaction between them.

Hyunsuk Yun, MArch I. Plan of the office building
Hyunsuk Yun, MArch I. A shot from the entrance of the building. Most of the visible elements are looking clean, flat, and massive, which makes the occupants naturally think that those are filled mass.
Hyunsuk Yun, MArch I. The typical plan of the office building shows how poché spaces are intervening workplaces. All formal working desks are regularly arranged, and building infrastructure and places for the diverse activities are encapsulated in the poché.
Hyunsuk Yun, MArch I. The separation of structural system and building configuration between upper part and lower part, is shown on this section perspective. Truss space frame on the second floor functions as a transitional zone for structure and a container of diverse poché spaces.
Hyunsuk Yun, MArch I. Thick, massive, and heavy looking masses actually turn out to be thin, hollow, and light spaces.
Hyunsuk Yun, MArch I. Isometric view of building.