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8 tskp korean ministry of culture national museum of contemporary art interior detail lighting and skylight gallery space upper level halls 1400 0x0x1200x1241 q85
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Our design of this 300,000 square foot museum, located in a cultural park outside Seoul, was selected by the Korean Ministry of Culture through a design-competition.

The design captures the feeling of the surroundng mountain range, which is small in scale, but magnificent in character. The biggest challenge was designing a large building that would not overpower the landscape. Drawing inspiration from ancient Korean temples, we conceived the museum as a series of small interesting structures placed on podiums that rise above the surrounding landscape. The podiums are defined by bridges, water, gardens and walls built of pink granite.

The resulting building offers surprisingly different views of a series of varied shapes, as one approaches and moves through the complex. The museum houses permanent collections of Western and Oriental Art and contains temporary exhibit areas, a rental gallery, an art school, a research library, a performance spce and outdoor sculpture gardens. All exhibit and major spaces are accessible to the handicapped, primarily through the centrally located ramped tower.

Client

Korean Ministry of Culture

Location

Seoul, South Korea

Size

300,000 sq. ft.

Awards

AIA/CSA Design Award AIA New England Design Award

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National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

1 tskp korean ministry of culture national museum of contemporary art exterior detail bridge to entrance under maple tree 1400 xxx q85
2 tskp korean ministry of culture national museum of contemporary art model site plan 1400 xxx q85
3 tskp korean ministry of culture national museum of contemporary art exterior shot from afar enhanced with trees 1400 xxx q85
4 tskp korean ministry of culture national museum of contemporary art exterior details multi level green spaces 1400 xxx q85
5 tskp korean ministry of culture national museum of contemporary art exterior detail rotunda with upper deck mountain view 1400 xxx q85
6 tskp korean ministry of culture national museum of contemporary art interior detail rotunda lighting and skylight 1400 xxx q85
7 tskp korean ministry of culture national museum of contemporary art interior detail rotunda lighting and skylight gallery space 1400 xxx q85
8 tskp korean ministry of culture national museum of contemporary art interior detail lighting and skylight gallery space upper level halls 1400 xxx q85
9 tskp korean ministry of culture national museum of contemporary art interior detail lighting and skylight gallery space upper level 1400 xxx q85
10 tskp korean ministry of culture national museum of contemporary art interior detail lighting and skylight gallery space 1400 xxx q85
11 tskp korean ministry of culture national museum of contemporary art interior detail lighting and skylight round gallery space 1400 xxx q85
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National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Our design of this 300,000 square foot museum, located in a cultural park outside Seoul, was selected by the Korean Ministry of Culture through a design-competition.

The design captures the feeling of the surroundng mountain range, which is small in scale, but magnificent in character. The biggest challenge was designing a large building that would not overpower the landscape. Drawing inspiration from ancient Korean temples, we conceived the museum as a series of small interesting structures placed on podiums that rise above the surrounding landscape. The podiums are defined by bridges, water, gardens and walls built of pink granite.

The resulting building offers surprisingly different views of a series of varied shapes, as one approaches and moves through the complex. The museum houses permanent collections of Western and Oriental Art and contains temporary exhibit areas, a rental gallery, an art school, a research library, a performance spce and outdoor sculpture gardens. All exhibit and major spaces are accessible to the handicapped, primarily through the centrally located ramped tower.

Client

Korean Ministry of Culture

Location

Seoul, South Korea

Size

300,000 sq. ft.

Awards

AIA/CSA Design Award
AIA New England Design Award