By  on April 24, 2009

SEOUL — Perhaps the only Korean celebrity missing from Prada’s party Thursday night in Seoul to mark the launch of the Transformer project was Kim Jong-il. But the North Korean dictator, a noted film buff, no doubt would have enjoyed a soiree full of actors on the grounds of a 16th-century Korean palace. Celebrities rubbed shoulders and clinked Champagne glasses with designer Miuccia Prada and Prada’s chief executive Patrizio Bertelli.

The duo came to Seoul with Rem Koolhaas, whose Office for Metropolitan Architecture designed the tetrahedron-shaped structure. The Transformer will sit on the grounds of Seoul’s Gyeongui Palace until the fall. The juxtaposition of traditional Korean architecture with a 160-ton steel structure with a white polyvinyl chloride membrane, which when lit from the inside gives it a translucent quality, was striking. The Transformer can be lifted and rotated in an hour in order to create a different shape and interior.

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