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‘Part to Whole’: A wooden wave made from 9076 individual parts

HG-Architecture of Seoul Korea, have created a wave-like wooden structure that is a mix of striking complexity and sinuous simplicity. Looking something like a clever stack of rectangular Jenga blocks, the piece is based on the idea that everything in nature is made from individual components. Atoms and molecules make up complex structures like waves… and people too.

"The project, developed by HG-Architecture, was recently commissioned by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea."  ‘Part to Whole’: A wooden wave made from 9076 individual parts hg architecture live components part to whole 1

"The project, developed by HG-Architecture, was recently commissioned by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea."  ‘Part to Whole’: A wooden wave made from 9076 individual parts hg architecture live components part to whole 2

Called Part to Whole, the structure is designed in such a way that it is half void and half solid. The large scale installation piece is intended to visually convey the idea that larger forms are generally composed of smaller elements, firmly constructed together to make the whole.

"The project, developed by HG-Architecture, was recently commissioned by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea."  ‘Part to Whole’: A wooden wave made from 9076 individual parts hg architecture live components part to whole 3

"The project, developed by HG-Architecture, was recently commissioned by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea."  ‘Part to Whole’: A wooden wave made from 9076 individual parts hg architecture live components part to whole 4

The project statement explains: “Everything in nature is made up of components. It starts from basic components like atoms and molecules, and grows to bigger components like tissues and organs in order to construct a ‘live’ body. The artificial environment is quite the same. It all starts with basic components like points and lines, and grows to surface and finally construct a space.”

"The project, developed by HG-Architecture, was recently commissioned by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea."  ‘Part to Whole’: A wooden wave made from 9076 individual parts hg architecture live components part to whole 5

"The project, developed by HG-Architecture, was recently commissioned by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea."  ‘Part to Whole’: A wooden wave made from 9076 individual parts hg architecture live components part to whole 6

 

The piece appears differently depending on the viewer’s perspective. Concave and convex curves create unusual spaces that move in wavelike motions across the room. Visitors are invited to investigate around the exterior and to walk underneath the construction to experience the details up close.

"The project, developed by HG-Architecture, was recently commissioned by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea."  ‘Part to Whole’: A wooden wave made from 9076 individual parts hg architecture live components part to whole 7

"The project, developed by HG-Architecture, was recently commissioned by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea."  ‘Part to Whole’: A wooden wave made from 9076 individual parts hg architecture live components part to whole 8

The process behind the piece’s creation was quite efficient, taking 4 days of prefab and 4 days of assembly for the 9076 individual parts. The piece has recently been on display at the MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), in Seoul.

"The project, developed by HG-Architecture, was recently commissioned by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea."  ‘Part to Whole’: A wooden wave made from 9076 individual parts hg architecture live components part to whole 9

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