PYSL : Pyong.Yang.Sal.Lim

Project : Exhibition

Event : 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism

Year : 2017

Location : DDP, Seoul, S. Korea

Curated by

Dongwoo Yim + Calvin Chua

Organized by

 Seoul Design Foundation

Photo by

Kyungsub Shin

Team :

Dongwoo Yim, Rafael Luna, Jungmin Kim, Hyesoo Oh, Jae Hoon Jang, Kahyun Kim, Kyuyeon Park, Denise Lee, Gabi Quek, Sam Tang

Artists :

Atira Ariffin, Cristiano Bianchi, Kristina Drapic, Eddo Hartmann, Jungon Kim, Yunoh Kim, Hyun Chul Kim, Yantao Wang, Sihui Ren

Catalog Design :

Jung Min Kim, Denise Lee


North Korea Items :

Choson Exchange, AA Visiting School Pyongyang, Koryo Tour, Jean Lee (AP)


Furniture Manufacturer :

Huihejiaju (CN)


Wallpaper Supplier :

Xing Hong Ye (CN)


Tiles Supplier :

Oprahn Ceramics (CN)


Curtain Supplier :

Rome International (CN)




 Pyongyang Salim focuses on an apartment constructed at a time of change and shows how daily life has changed for Pyongyang residents in many ways. Although this new style of apartment is not representative of the lifestyles of all Pyongyang residents, it can serve as a good example that suggests what the future direction of urban development could be in Pyongyang. By displaying a recreation of an apartment built in Pyongyang, the exhibit focuses on the idea that, in addition to being the habitations for people, residential designs can reflect various complex aspects of life, such as culture, customs, and symbols. The model house consists of five spaces including an entrance hall, a living room, a dining room, a kitchen and a bedroom space. Each space is displayed together with authentic goods and articles brought from North Korea. In the model house, visitors can directly experience a three-dimensional recreation of the life of Pyongyang residents.

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