CAPSULE 1 exhibition by Morphosis


Opening in Seongsu-Dong, South Korea, the exhibition also includes a series of works on paper by the firm’s founder, Thom Mayne. Morphosis will present CAPSULE 1, an exhibition that will explore the firm’s design process, at Gallery 55 in Seongsu-Dong, South Korea, a new space designed by the firm.

Additionally, a series of sculptural and print works by Thom Mayne, “COMBINATORIAL FORM,” will be on display, exploring algorithmic processes that resonate with natural and urban systems. Study models and photographs will give visitors a look into Morphosis’ iterative design process across a range of project scales.

The presentation further builds on the firm’s interest in integrating art and culture with spatial experiences through design. The exhibition will be on view from April 1 through June 18, 2023.

“The intimate size of Gallery 55 provides an unusual opportunity to engage our works with a level of fidelity and detail rarely afforded in regular venues,” says Eui-Sung Yi, Morphosis Partner and Partner-in-Charge of the Gallery 55 project.

“This exhibit focuses on the raw artifacts of the Morphosis creative process; the work-in-progress models, the prototypes, the brilliant but discarded schemes. The study models are the wonderful debris of a dynamic and reiterative process.”

CAPSULE 1 consists of four parts, unfolding sequentially through the gallery’s seventh and eighth floors. Opening the exhibition are Thom Mayne’s abstract pieces from his series “COMBINATORIAL FORM,” which provide a conceptual entry way to Morphosis’ approach to design.

The works are created through a process of conscious selection and refinement of algorithmic generations, similar to the data-driven design explorations that begin architecture and planning projects.

The second part of the exhibition involves a series of iterative project study models that showcase Morphosis’ essential design process and its expression across urban, architectural, interior, and object scales.

Expanding upon the study models, the third portion of the exhibit features the results of this design process, with photographs of details of major completed projects by Morphosis, such as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Kolon One & Only Tower, and the Sejong M Bridge.

The final part of the exhibition features digital projections that elaborate on the technological advancements and construction methods used by Morphosis for the 20 architectural projects featured, as well as imparting more details of Mayne’s artworks and process. The presentation will be accompanied by a publication, which will go into further depth on the design process and material production.

About Morphosis’ Design of Gallery 55
Once an industrial factory district, Seongsu-Dong has been reborn as a cultural and artisan neighborhood anchored by the bespoke cobbler community. As part of this revitalization, a series of narrow but tall towers began to rise from the district’s unusually small parcels.

Morphosis was engaged to design the top three levels of a new tower under construction in Seongsu-Dong. Each level measures only 485sqft of leasable space; using the organizational and design concept of a treehouse and narrative of an ever-adapting “vine,” the three levels are programmed into a holistic ensemble: the office, the gallery, the restaurant bar, and roof terrace.

As a unifying strategy throughout the levels, a dynamic layering system of lines, strips, and bars made from finply plywood adapts and reacts to the existing building infrastructure (columns, window locations, beams, fire system).

Collisions, wrinkles, and disturbances emerge from the tensile relationship between the existing site condition and the inserted finply sleeve; these moments are explored and speculated as design opportunities for bars, receptions desks, light fixtures, and liners. Source and photos Courtesy of Morphosis.