[Chosun Daily] Like 66㎡ to 330㎡: Transforming Hexagon
[Architect's Space] Hexagon by Tesoc Hah
Hexagonal shaped table … Coexisting and independent space creation Transformed into meeting rooms and movie theaters using roll-screens and projectors
For the architects, the office is a model that shows its own style. Experiments and challenging spirit that can not be tried in “the space of others” rise everywhere. The function of the ‘work space’ office is revealed in a distinctive color. It is a series of architectural offices with a variety of architectural features.
It is rare for young architects to operate their offices with their own buildings in expensive land in Seoul. I live in a cramped space and engage in my work. Sometimes this harsh environment invokes the experimental spirit of the architects.
Architect Tesoc Hah(CEO, SCALe) makes the office an ‘architectural laboratory’. He got an office at the top of a typical three - story building near last year’s Itaewon accounting district in Seoul. Small and shabby space of 66 square meters. The budget for interior decoration was not enough. It was necessary to use a narrow space and to save costs. At the same time, I wanted to make use of my own architectural style that combines IT technology with space.
The Hexagon office was born through these bad conditions. In the middle of the office there is a long table with a side of 3.2m in the form of a regular hexagon. Six employees work on a table at each side. It is a reaction to a hierarchical, square, and frustrating office in Korea. “I wanted to work in harmony with each other like a music band,” He said. The hexagonal structure coexists and creates an independent environment at the same time. The cabinet is 120 degrees so you can not see your colleague’s computer sitting on the other side.
The real secret weapon to infuse the space is the roll screen on each table and six projectors on the ceiling. These devices work in conjunction with office-specific apps developed by the general manager. You can activate the app to open and close the roll screen, and turn the projector on and off. When I sit in my seat and lift my fingers a few times, the office changes freely thanks to ‘light’ and ‘moving curtain’.
Employing a white roll screen as a ‘canvas’ and ‘colorful’ projector light, employees create a variety of spaces. It becomes a classroom and a movie theater. Turn on the video device and use it as a party place. I roll three roll screens and play on a big screen. At lunch time, I cover all the screens of the hexagon, sit around the middle of the screen and hold an idea meeting with the staff. Named ‘Hexagonal Talks’. “I spend 20 pyeong like 100 pyeong,” He said.
Space experiments do not stop there. Last year, I declared myself to be an “eco-friendly office” and challenged me to live without air conditioner. Sensors that measure temperature, fine dust, humidity, and wind force have been installed all over the office. I put a fan on the window, sprinkled a sprinkler right on the roof above the office, and tried to squeeze the water. I kneeled in a heat wave and bought a new air conditioner.
Still, the challenge is not going to stop. The next goal is to connect the out-of-office signboard with the app so that passengers can experience the situation of the office indirectly. For example, a red light when the closing is imminent, and a blue light when the closing is over. “Through the signboard, we will expand the variable space experience to the outside.
Kim Miri Reporter