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Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
School of Art, Design and Art History
I want to thank Honors program staffs, Jared Diener and Philip Frana, who were so supportive and helpful throughout this project. I also want to thank my professors in Architectural Design who dedicated their time and effort to make this project incredibly strong and unique. Also, I want to thank my parents who supported me undoubtably throughout my whole college career. This project would not have happened if it weren’t for these people that I mentioned above and I am forever thankful.
This project is about how my memories, experiences, and emotions from my grandmother’s house can be translated into new unprecedented thresholds in the future.
Because architects, engineers, and designers do not think at all about threshold while designing. Thresholds these days are just wooden doors and metal handles. It is sad and unfortunate because the most important element in architecture is threshold. It is the first space that you enter, the first thing you touch, and the first thing you see before you enter into this mysterious space that exists beyond. Thresholds should hint what kind of space lies beyond to people who have no idea. It is like meeting people for the first time. The first impression is the strongest impression that you can possibly make.
Why my grandmother’s house?
My grandmother’s house is special not only to me but in Korea. It is designed and built by my great grandfather. It has been in my family for generations and it is one of the few traditional Korean houses that is still privately owned. Korean government wants to make it a national treasure so it could be open to public. Also, thresholds in my grandmother’s house is well thought and designed successfully to portraits what lies beyond them.
I picked 10 specific spots from my grandmother’s house that I love the most. From my memories, experiences, and emotions from those 10 spots, I designed 10 new thresholds that would exists in the future.
Choi, Su Young, "Translation of my memories into unprecedented thresholds" (2017). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019. 279.