Ahran Won earned her Bachelor of International Studies from Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea in 2010.
Won is interested in exploring time through architecture and its finite nature.
Ephemeral Architecture-Weathering of the Materials as a way of Maintenance
The Piano Factory Project, which uses a site where printing businesses once flourished, seeks to reveal the ephemerality
of architecture through the exploration of its changes through time– the weathering of the materials, capturing a single
moment, and understanding the importance of the experience.
Listening to the music of this powerful instrument, I began to realize the ephemerality of the sound and what it means
that this music could occupy such a vast space. Similar to the process of building a piano, the moments that are devoted
to creating the instrument, are more important than the celebration of the resulting tangible object.
What is “real” is the time that we spend with other individuals, the experiences we create, as well as the memories
that are gained. The building will not last forever, but the individual’s experience will exist forever in their minds.
The “life” of a building can be made obvious depending on the materials used. By carefully selecting types of materials
on a building, an architect can control how the building will age and evolve. Ephemeral Architecture-Weathering
of the Materials as a way of Maintenance aims to challenge Time through architectural design.
Ephemeral Architecture-Weathering of the Materials as a way of Maintenance is part of the Piano Factory Project.
Ahran Won, Ephemeral Architecture - Photo Sara Condo