Seoul Chronicle (Seoul Museum of Urbanism-Architecture) / Under Construction

International design competition, 1st Prize (Under Construction)

Location : Seoul, Korea

Program: Exhibition Space

Design Period : September, 2015

Design Team: Kangil Ji, Jinhyun Jun, Minkyung Song, Yongjun Jo, Kyungchan Zoh

Organizer: Seoul Metropolitan Government (http://www.archdaily.com/771508/open-call-sejong-daero-historic-cultural-space-design-competition)

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Seoul Chronicle

Narrative

The design of Sejong-daero historic cultural space is about connecting levels between above-ground and underground. The spatial connection below ground carries excavation, which used to recognize as inevitable destruction of historical remains. To construct historic cultural space in the center of the Seoul where it is surrounded by historic places and various landmarks, we take two attitudes:

First attitude is respect to existing remain. We accept underground context as well as above ground context, and excavate with archaeologist’s careful attitude. This process consists of reading urban depth in fractured segments and understanding historic events. Rearranging historic events in order and adding today’s layer enables to keep the Seoul chronicle. This process will develop memory of the city into story of the city.and provides fields of interaction to the people of Seoul. The space need to be used in various ways with different programs per surrounding neighbor’s request. To contain various programs, the space should be indeterminate rather than specifically defined. This attitude leads to form the space with open voids and horizontal platform which is defined by people’s behavior.

Second, we take the neutral attitude for more possibilities of space. All surrounding contexts are equally important and influencing space. The space need to be used in various ways with different programs per surrounding neighbor’s request. To contain various programs, the space should be indeterminate rather than specifically defined. This attitude leads to form the space with open voids and horizontal platform which is defined by people’s behavior, and provides fields of interaction to the people of Seoul.

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