Rest Hole in the University of Seoul, South Korea by UTAA
The first floor of the dormitory in University of Seoul was originally an empty parking lot. An area enclosed by columns that supported the main office of the building, people would use the area only for smoking and storing bikes. The place was far too dark and inefficient and further desperately needed to be remodeled. In collaboration, the architectural students of the University of Seoul (Lee Sang-myeong, Ha Ki-seong, Baek Jong-ho) and UTAA designed a solution that would become much more than a simple rest area.
Investment in our public realm and civic spaces is now understood as a key platform in developing civic pride and fostering a sense of community through notions of placemaking. This project lifts the often utilitarian object of the toilet block to a civic role as a gateway, urban marker and important element in strategies to alleviate driver fatigue.