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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.

Water Circle (Cheong-Shim Purification Center) in Korea by UnSangDong Architects

February 18th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: UnSangDong Architects

Silence & movement

Most of all, we focused on a robust, simple and tranquil architecture intuitively as we take up the form and space. Another point we considered is a vigorous architecture which evoke water vitality in still emotion. The circular form symbolises pure crystal of living organisms. Circular plan which is 32 metres in diameter, 11 metres in height soars from the ground. Firm, still and refined curve wall opens with gradual, arbitrary and rhythmic rules. We expect another tone colour through the open and solid curved wall. Musical facade is achieved through this project it plays in andante, moderato and allegro. It conveys silence and movement simultaneously.

Construction work (Images Courtesy Shin Kyung-sub)

  • Architect: UnSangDong Architects
  • Name of Project: Water Circle (Cheong-Shim Purification Center)
  • Location: SongSan-li SeolAk-myeon GaPyung Kyeunggi-do, Korea
  • Use: Purification Center
  • Bldg Area: 505.00 ㎡
  • Gross Floor Area: 637.40 ㎡
  • Bldg. Scale: Two stories above ground, 1 story under ground
  • Structure: R.C.
  • Photographer: Shin Kyung-sub

Flux space

We imagine the space where corresponds the quality of water. Biological form is occurred to our mind rather than fixed form of crystallization. The flux of water and changing biological image has always been interesting architectural either subject and material. The concrete outer wall stacked on entrance freely metaphorically indicate to a wave, and it provide to experience the between space of outer and inner space. This space holds the curiosity of the space stepping into the water when we arrive in the shore. The space beneath water bears fluidity that is slowly sucked in the space of condensed crystallization at the moment.

Construction work (Images Courtesy Shin Kyung-sub)

The lobby space is not fixed and formed already. We imagine the space with given change and freedom. Lobby, promotion room and education room on 1st floor do not have a certain boundary and are always opened to possible change. The stairs toward 2nd floor is not only a link as physical demand, but the road for exhibition and experience, where links and circulates all changing spaces. The upper floor has an organic space that is centrically opened to courtyard, and it is piled up to outer space. We wish all spaces to be generated by circulating inside and outside of them.


Construction work (Images Courtesy Shin Kyung-sub)

Topography roof

The roof corresponds to an artificial nature. It reminds circulation of the land and topography of this region. A number of people activity could take place on top of the building namely lecture, performance, concert and so on since the space is divided into different levels. Topographical loop is reinterpreted the mountain, hill, river in nature.


Construction work (Images Courtesy Shin Kyung-sub)

Atrium Compound

A city compound infused with many aspects of nature and man made environment is constructed in a singular space of wave. The architecture houses a host of programmes such as exhibition gallery for Hyundai Motor Company and heavy industrial, Square, Forest, Lounge and so on. All the programmes are not combined in two dimensional way.


Bird Eye View

Site plan

1st floor plan

2nd floor plan

Roof floor plan



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