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Folly I

99 KAN

Peter Eisenman
광주 동구 충장로 64-1 충장치안센터 앞


Traditionally, a house or complex represented – in a measure of KAN – the social status of the owner, and until the fall of the Joseon dynasty in 1910, it was illegal for anyone outside the royal family to build any structure larger than 99 KAN. Recognizing in this history a social hierarchy represented in the traditional house, Peter Eisenman makes use of the metaphor as a part of his architecture but revisits it. As was North Gate in Eupseong, the ancient city wall in the past, this folly will serve as a symbolic object and be remembered as a new landmark of Gwangju.


Peter Eisenman