In one of their latest competitions, arch out loudchallenged designers to explore the idea of building a public underground bath house that responds to the geopolitical conditions of the highly tensioned 38th Parallel, a.k.a. the Demilitarized Zone between North Korea and South Korea. While maintaining its roots in Korean culture, “an underground bathhouse muddles the understanding of architectural object in relation to context and highlights a shifted relationship between building and landscape,” arch out loud says. “How does architecture position itself in the middle of this condition of tension?”
The open competition brought in over 300 creative ideas, with many depicted as stunning renderings. The jury — which included Stan Allen, Moon Hoon, Jing Liu, Lola Sheppard, Minsuk Cho, Kristy Balliet, Anna Neimark, Seunghyun Kang, Nicholas Bonner, Yehre Suh, and Matias Del Campo — picked one prize winner, five runners-up, 10 honorable mentions, and 10 Director’s’ Choices.
“With such a charged setup, the competition poses difficult questions and issues for architecture. The more successful submissions were ones that tried to address the conflict through spatial programs, scenarios, and narratives,” one juror commented.
Check out the winning and runner-up entries below.
WINNER: Crossing Parallel(s) : Bathhouse as a Metaphorical Theater by STUDIO M.R.D.O. & Studio LaM – Jinhyun Jun, Minkyung Song, Kangil Ji | New York, United States