Unit 2

Get a Room! :

A Day in the Life of Kubo the Novelist
(소설가 구보씨의 일일)

Jaehyub Ko + Hee Joon Lee

Bong Joon-ho, Memories of Murder, 2003
Sangyoon Kim, A Single Wall for 10,000 People, 2021
Hojoon Jang, 50 Stairs for 10,000 People, 2021

A ritual encompasses everything from religious events to insignificant social activities. A ritual is a social custom and a pledge made by members of the community. Thus, a ritual invariably reflects society, the period and the zeitgeist. Last year, under the theme 'Get a Room!: A Single Room for 10,000 People,' we attempted to look solely at the space itself, omitting all non-material components. This year, we will look at the intersection between ritual, the non-material element, and architecture.

Films convey their narratives by utilizing space as the primary or auxiliary element. As architecture reflects the aspect of society that an architect wants to portray, films actively exploit architecture to express the theme in a compressed manner. Even if films' background does not deal with the contemporary era, the 'image of the world' that films attempts to express via architecture invariably reflects the rituals and the state of the times when it was created. We are going to delve into spaces covered by selected Korean films and suggest architecture based on the elements gained from these spaces.


* The composition that we are going to discuss is a non-contextual architecture that transcends the site, historical backgrounds, generations, functions, materiality, and programs.

* It is an architecture of a form in which only the order and hierarchy of rooms remains.

* Listing and understanding the unique sequence of the cinematic space and architectural device.

Analysing, disassembling, and rearranging the rituals and spatial possibilities that the form creates.

Developing and proposing a new order which reflects Contemporary K-society.

Expected outcome

1. Research Booklet (3days)

Surveying the space depicted in films that each student selects. Listing and analysing the sequence. Identifying the current situation of Seoul and defining own meaning of K-''.

2. A Day in the Life of 'OOO' the 'OOO' (5days)

Developing and proposing a very strong architectural proposal through the minimised drawings and images that present the core idea. A single drawing(plan, section, or axonometric drawing) and a storyboard that presents the sequence of the proposals (for each student).


Jaehyub Ko

ONE O ONE architects

Hee Joon Lee

Architect & Architecture Critic