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A Café With Pivoting Doors On A Volcanic Island

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Located on the coast of the South Korean volcanic island Jeju, architecture practice platform_a designed a translucent building featuring floor-to-ceiling pivoting windows for stunning views of the water.

Titled ‘Platform_monsant’, the box-shaped structure is nestled into the island’s rocky terrain. To further integrate the volume into the surrounding landscape, the architects installed a crushed concrete wall, reflecting glass doors and volcanic stone elements for the interior. Additionally, the single-story structure features a rooftop terrace that functions as an observation deck. In a statement about the project, the architects say: “Our goal was not to emphasize the architecture by landscape, but to highlight the landscape by architecture.”

"Our goal was not to emphasize the architecture by landscape, but to highlight the landscape by architecture."
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All images © Yoon Joonhawn