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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Wavescape pavilion in Yeousu, South Korea by AQSO arquitectos office

November 8th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: AQSO arquitectos office

The old ambition of producing a really moving architecture succeeds when it responds to the site and brief requirements. This proposal for the thematic pavilion of the 2012 Yeosu international exhibition has a focus for the people to experience and understand this liquid element through the specific place in which it is located: the ocean. In order to represent water through architecture, the dynamic and translucent qualities of the fluid are translated into details of the pavilion. The pavilion is not bound to a solid state. It is always in action materializing both dynamicity and the varying layers of transparency. The visitor will be guided directly into a zone of coexisting space of ocean and architecture.


Night view

  • Architect: AQSO arquitectos office
  • Name of Project: Wavescape pavilion
  • Location: Yeousu, South Korea
  • Area: 6128 m2

The design of the building comprises of interconnected circles that respond to a program. The shape of the building represents a diagram of the two connected water molecules. This shape is also representative of the interconnectedness of the two big exhibition spaces and the smaller adjoining areas.


Interior View

These six circular spaces placed on the water are wrapped by a versatile skin. The skin is made by two layers with a series of horizontal louvers that give a varying transparent quality to the building. The outer skin translates the energy of the ocean to move itself vertically up and down. It creates a dynamic atmosphere that is always in motion as the waves and tides. The moving louvers create a fuzzy image on the outside and also create interesting lighting effects inside through the moiré effect.


Bird View

The inner louvers are fixed on to the glass of the pavilion, whereas the outer louvers are floating on water, becoming a unique element that moves and changes with no energy consumption. The superimposition of these two osmotic layers give an intriguing image of the breathing building, making the water nature alive for the public to experience.

High tide facade

AQSO arquitectos office

AQSO is a multidisciplinary office composed of an international group of young professionals dedicated to contemporary architecture, urban planning and cultural research. Their philosophy combines a rigorous and pragmatic approach with an innovative attitude.

Based in Spain and China, the office approaches every project with an ambitious methodology that investigates and analyzes social, economic, technical and sustainable issues. Their ability covers a wide range of types and scales, from public, commercial and residential buildings to town planning and urbanism.

Low tide facade

AQSO understands architecture as a multidisciplinary process, a comprehensive approach beyond living spaces, a method in cooperation with different professionals and consultants to become the coherent nexus between imagination and reality. Their team has the international vision, experience, flexibility and ability to materialize each project from concept to site supervision.


Main entrance

The office is founded by Luis Aguirre and is an international partnership together with Sergio Blanco, James Tendayi and XiaoPu Liu. The practice relies on a multicultural team of experienced architects working on an open cross-disciplinary collaboration platform.

AQSO has been awarded for several international design competitions including Europan 9 and the Self-sufficient IaaC contest. The firm has received several prizes for public and restricted architectural competitions in Spain and China, where the company is based.


Moire effect yeosu expo

Sea section

Plans wavescape pavilion water molecules diagram


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One Response to “Wavescape pavilion in Yeousu, South Korea by AQSO arquitectos office”

  1. Paul says:

    Very different! Hope it gets built.

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