Eat, Yaroslavl / Chaewan Shin, Jaegwan Lee, Hyun Keun Park / Seoul, South Korea
Eating must be relaxing. Historically, people ate to get rid of hunger and due to scarcity of food, people focused on quantity rather than the quality. It was about “how to attain the food” and not “how to eat the food”. However, today, people care about the quality, and quantity became just another health issue. Thus, generation-to-generation eating started to give itself more meaning than what it has started with.
Today, deprivation of rest caused by fast-paced workforce and competitive nature of current society induces us to cram our period of rest into our tight fitting schedules. Often for many of us, we tend to cram this resting period in our eating session. For example, when a person is eating food, one might have an important business meeting and sometimes he will have a casual chitchat with his friends or have a sweet date with his lover. Therefore, people hold their eating session for more than just eating.
The «Commas» of our lives are surfacing itself in our unchanging and only allowed time: brunch, lunch, and dinner. Our brunch, lunch, and dinner is about the only moment in our day where we pause from everything else. It is only through this pausing space that we really start to relax and communicate with what is around us.
And when we start to relax, we start to appreciate the smell, sound, taste, vision, and touch of our surroundings. Thus, the direction to where this project needs to go becomes apparent. Gourmanization of space is a space that provides us with this «Commas» of our lives.
In this project, the pavilion, the veranda and façade naturally invites people to enter into a restful space that goes beyond eating.