In 2010 an environment opened in Anyang, Korea that promoted social interaction. The space, entitled Open Pavilion- Public Living Room, was designed by Korean architectural firm, Mass Studios. The pavilion was inspired by the traditional “jung-ja,” which serves as a resting and gathering place for the community.
Within the interior architecture are 70 hammock-like seats, stacked in four levels, that radiate from the center and bring people together in a stadium-like environment. Although it is public, the space encourages intimate social interactions.
The lower seating portion and the upper roof portion of the pavilion are integrated into a single structural system, which takes the form of an oversized chain net. Spanning almost 38ft in diameter and 15ft in height, the pavilion was created through the repetition of steel tube arcs of various shapes and sizes, the flattened sphere-like structure is firm and stable.