This project was designed as a submission for the Arch Out Loud Korean DMZ Bathhouse competition.
“arch out loud challenges designers to explore the possibility of creating an underground bath house within the Korean Demilitarized Zone, which responds to the surrounding geopolitical conditions. New forms of non-military architecture could occupy this border zone and begin to ease the existing tension. The role tourism can play in opening relations across a border begs the question: How does architecture position itself in the middle of this condition of tension?”
In order to understand the absurdities of our world, we must leave it. We must leave our world – a place of tension, division, posturing, one-upmanship, and propaganda. Enter the underground bathhouse – an alternative world. The objects of discord above are mirrored below to become objects of harmony and leisure. This alternative world is one that is completely free of barriers, whether they are political or gender ones. It is a space that compels us to contemplate the barriers that we have erected and have come to accept unquestioningly.
Team: Jonathan Zhang, Wai-Ka Li & Shiku Wangombe