Moulin Rouge Dance School
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With Junho Cho and Woojin Lee

The new dance school program transtlates the old Moulin Rouge into a self-generating model of historic place. The new Moulin Rouge continues its historical role which offered social networking amongst the various artists and the audience in the local/global scales of the museum's extent. Moreover, the new dance school's institutional characteristic helps the Moulin Rouge generate the art of the Moulin Rouge in a modern way. With the dance school program, public programs such as museum could attract a wide range of new and different visitors.

The red mill is the remarkable symbol of Paris, possessing symbolic and historic value. Relative to preservation issues, we suggest an airy, light facade with the red mill seen prominently behind, retaining its function to obscure inner spaces of the building. The dance school also needs spaces protected from direct sunlight. The mesh facade reflects daylight to keep dance studios dark or artificially lit, and programs are covered and conjoined by the folding facade. In other parts, the facade is clearly opened to the air and delicately reveals public programs such as exterior gathering space or cafeteria. The porosity of the mesh facade retains the visibility of the building to users in the day. At night, the facade transmits the glowing light from the preserved red mill, and attracts people to the district of Pigalle.

Interior spaces are reasonably designed according to the building organization. Public, semi-public, and private programs are shared, exchanged, or isolated for their relative functions and efficiency. Different floor levels cause unexpected events between administrant, student and visitor.