‘THE A LAB’ has created a pavilion symbolizing the energy city for ‘Fablab Asia Network 5’ at the Seoul Innovation Park. The pavilion is designed as a combination of cube boxes, which are units that make up the city. Solar panels and wind turbines installed in the pavilion produce electricity and provide it to the citizens who visit. Citizens can access the energy city virtual space through a digital medium called ‘QR code’ decorated on the elevation. The Pavilion is designed to make it easier for citizens to access and learn about renewable energy for a futuristic and sustainable environment.
Background of Energy City Pavilion The Energy City Pavilion is created to express the energy city of the fab city of the Fablab Asia Network 5 in Seoul. The Pavilion is intended to show that the city could be operated through nature-friendly renewable energy to fit the theme of the fab city, which is the goal of creating a self-sufficient and sustainable future. Energy is indispensable in human life, but in modern times energy is used indiscriminately. The energy city aims to make it easier for citizens to access and learn about renewable energy such as solar and wind power.
Design Process The first idea of designing a pavilion is how to symbolize an energy city. Because the city is a collection of individual objects such as people, buildings, and elements of nature, this constitutional principle is expressed as a combination of units called cube boxes. The units are assembled into a cluster to create a pavilion. And solar panels and wind turbines which can generate natural renewable energy are integrated in the pavilion. The energy generated and stored through solar panels and wind turbines has the ability to make light at night or charge mobile phones. The surrounding nature comes in through the frames. It can be a window to see the outside scenery, and it can instantly show how the wind blows through the gap and makes electricity. The sunlight creates a shadow and shows the shadow of the frame. Indoor box units provide space for people to perform various actions.
Interaction with citizens The Energy City Pavilion is designed to show the use of renewable energy and at the same time to be able to access information about energy in virtual space connected through a digital medium called QR code. Recently, almost citizens use smart devices and QR code makes it easy for people to access the cyber space. The elevation of the pavilion is decorated with QR code that can be moved to a website that contains information about the energy city so that people can get various information about energy. Visited citizens can study, enjoy and network about energy. It contains not only energy information but also various actions and functions. Through the QR code, the actual energy city pavilion is linked to a virtual energy city.
Project Information Project Name : Energy City Pavilion Architect : THE A LAB Location : Seoul Innovation Park, Seoul, South Korea Lead Architect : Taehyun Terry Lee Design Team : Nakyoung Kown, Now Kim, Muhyeon Kim, Beomgi Kim, Eojin Song, Sohyun Jang, Dalin Choi Energy Technology : handz Project Year : 2019 Photography : Minhyeung Kim Client : Fablab Asia Network 5