Published March 10, 2014
Jin Young Song, assistant professor of architecture at the School of Architecture and Planning, is a finalist for an Architizer A+ Award for his design of a dining set that folds up into a compact cube, serving as a practical and minimalistically designed artifact for modern lifestyles.
Song's "Qube" is in the running for the international architecture prize in the category of Products+Living. Members of the public can help him win the Popular Choice Award by casting their vote. Public voting is open through March 21.
Designed through Song's architectural practice, Dioinno Architecture PLLC, Qube is meant as a "a catalyst, a little item to exemplify the holistic change of mechanism of your experience within living space...The need of mobility and flexibility creates Qube."
Qube is also a candidate for Architizer A+ Jury Awards in the Products+Living category, to be decided by a global jury of architects, thought leaders and developers. The high-profile global architectural award program recognizes built and unbuilt projects in more than 60 categories with over 200 judges. Last year the program drew over 1,500 entries from more than 100 countries.
Song says Qube also offers a stark contrast to "overdesigned decorative furniture or oversized geometric modern pieces obsessed with Zen style" which fail to consider the "compactness of current living style."
The piece can quickly transform space, however. "Even though it may appear to be a cute little thing at corner of your apartment, Qube has the ability to change the atmosphere and space from an empty studio room to a crowded dining room for 5 people," Song continues.