The approximately 4km wide strip of impermeable land that intersects the Korean peninsula, currently known as the demilitarized zone (DMZ), is the driving narrative of this project. The DMZ is a fortress and is the world’s most heavily militarized border. The border serves as a physical manifestation of the on going tensions between a people that have been divided since the end of World War II.
We’ve placed opposing towers on each side of the DMZ. The physical form of the towers represents both the present division and possible future unification or complete dissolution of relations between the two Koreas. Our proposal challenges and puts this reality into a state of peril and confrontation, for better or worse. The narrative begins in the form of a shattered sphere, two sides divided but completely dependent on each other, both structurally and programmatically. Hope or despair condensed to a symbol.