Can space be perceived in different ways by experiencing it from two reflected ideas? Ideas that are profoundly close to each other but radically different, and yet they create conflict and constant consolidation. We find them in natural elements, events and in ideology all the time; water & fire, men & women, day & night, Yin & Yang. This attraction between opposite becomes a dynamic force for creating an interesting reality; duality within a whole. In order to demonstrate this phenomenon, a common element in human behavior was selected; biblical words from the Christian bible.
The book of Genesis was originally written in Hebrew then thoughtfully translated into multiple languages. The King James version reads like a science report- direct and to the point. Grammar is simple, and stories easy to comprehend. The Korean bible is written in an entirely different manner; the reservation of thoughts, which resembles Confucianism. Both versions contain the same stories, but impression of Asian book of Genesis is recirculating tone, as if there’s no end and beginning. The King James version is straight forward and simply conveys the meaning of God’s power. The Bible is believed to be written by holy men with divine spirit, but it introduced in conflicting style due to the cultural difference by recipient.
In architecture, the dweller’s cultural experience from the past and present dictates the value of space that he or she resides. Through spatial memory, we find emotional comfort. At same time, we seek efficiency in space containment. Duality in our minds affects the architectural expression as demonstrated in models by apply the story patterns of Western and Eastern bible words. The differences are reflected in the dwelling spaces which are represented the events of the 7 days of creation. The inter-twined harmony of the stories in straight line and the circular forms developed into the spaces which celebrates the symbolic events of the “Creation” and the cultural understanding of it. They are derived from one source, but developed in two different paths.