* Date : 2014-03-11
The world's first private spaceport called the Spaceport America was built in the middle of the desert in New Mexico, U.S. This news became a hot issue worldwide, but there were only few who knew that the project architect was Korean. Architect Paik Jun-beom began working on the project in 2007 at Foster and Partners, a British architectural firm based in London. He invested 5 years into this project to create a futuristic design that can blend in with the natural environment.
Paik went to America at the age of 15 and studied Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Harvard. Upon graduation, he was recruited by a famous architectural firm and worked on several famous projects while working under Renzo Piano and at Foster and Partners. After gaining vast experience abroad, he returned to Korea a year ago to learn about the architectural project processes that are unique to Korea. Of the projects he took part in, the BMW Mobility Lounge, a cultural complex serving as a venue for concerts, exhibitions and lectures, became the talk of the town. The experimental mobile architecture is viewed as the future model of architecture with high cost-efficiency and a resource-saving effect.
Tune into The INNERview to meet the innovative architect Paik Jun-beom, and hear his story about the Spaceport America project, his career abroad and his encounters with famous architects. He also offers advice to the new, aspiring architects, so don't miss out!