A Seat For Many | Jark Pane
Inspired by Korean architectural philosophies, A Seat for Many, reinterprets and integrates the traditional form of the Jeong-Ja structure and the Pyung-Sang furniture in the gardens of Mairangi Arts Centre. After multiple site visits and spending time in the garden, Jark Pane was convinced to design a place of destination. “I wanted the structure to fit in harmoniously with the already existing sculptures and provide a viewing spot for visitors of the gallery.”
The classic Jeong-Ja is a roofed pavilion style structure built into the natural landscapes of Korea. Its main function and purpose is to provide a sheltered, welcoming space for visitors to rest during scenic tours in the proximate area. The surrounding beauty always dictates the placement of the Jeong-Ja so that visitors may experience its prime from a comfortable place. Adorned using natural materials and tiles for the roof, the Jeong-Ja is often decorated in traditional colours, adding a vibrancy to the natural environment and making them easy to spot from afar.
The typical Pyung-Sang can be understood as being a multifunctional, community-enhancing piece of furniture. The size of the Pyung-Sang is dependent on its need, whether it is for community life or the needs of a family. The Pyung-Sang is used to prepare food, dine, nap, relax, converse and for the elderly in the community to play Korean Chess Go. Sometimes, the household sized Pyung-Sang has legs, and can be made to fold up for easy storage. The etiquette surrounding the structure is less formal than the Jeong-Ja.
The structure is built using treated pine logs that compliment the other wooden structures. They have been sanded back and painted cool lavender with touches of apricot & deeper purples to accentuate and contrast with the surrounding natives. A roof was deemed unnecessary as the work is shaded throughout the day, and because the sky should be looked at more often. A quiet view of the sea can also be enjoyed through the trees.
A Seat for Many marks the beginning of a series of spatial enhancing projects at Mairangi Arts Centre, and we could not be more thrilled to have Jark Pane inaugurate the summer series.