Samoo Architects & Engineers were commissioned to design a new art museum that would revitalize the North-eastern part of Seoul, mostly knows for its high-rise apartments. Taking inspiration from Nowon, which used to be a field of reeds, the architects integrated the museum within an existing park, creating a serene atmosphere where nature and art become a single entity.
The location of the museum became an important part of the design process. The museum was oriented to provide maximum connectivity to the surrounding environment. Like a white sculpture rising from the hill, the building features walkways, gardens and resting areas, specifically created to provide a new user experience.
The front of the museum features a large event plaza that will not only host events, but it will also be used as an outdoor gallery space where visitors can interact and experience art.
The façade of the building takes us back to the inspiration, where architects used the symbolism of reed by creating vertical louvers. The metallic louvers in combination with the fret pattern glass elements make the museum harmoniously integrate into the surrounding apartment blocks.
Inside the museum a central atrium brings natural light in and connects all the exhibition galleries located on several floors. The main floor houses a library, multimedia facility, and an exhibition hall for children and teenagers. The top floor and rooftop gardens feature an outdoor sculpture park that is connected directly to the surrounding landscape, acting as an extension of the museum into the park. The basement floor was planned for educational and milti-purpose activities that promote active communication and exchange of ideas with local citizens.
The interior of the space was kept minimal to create a calm environment. Triangular geometric elements have been extended inside the museum to create a continuous spatial experience and connect the exterior experience to the interior.
The museum deploys various technologies to realize a truly sustainable building. With extensive use of roof-top gardening & cool-tube effects from perforated walls, the museum will aid in minimizing the heat-island effects in a densely populated area of Seoul.
Design: Samoo Architects & Engineers
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Area: 17,113 m²
Collaborators: ARCH Architects Group Co., Ltd.
Photography: Young Chae Park