SEOUL METROPOLITAN MUSEUM

Cities: SEOUL
Countries: SOUTH KOREA
Categories: CULTURAL ARCHITECTURE
Date: 2001
The museum stands on the remains of Gyunghuingung Royal Palace: physically it is constructed around the interaction between past and present, between an archeological site full of symbol connotations and cutting-edge forms in a city which, not unlike other major Asian cities, is already hurting into the future. The project is based on transparency and lightness of image, radically reinventing the physical support of a communication system that draws on all the latest multimedia technology. The former premises, with their rigid layouts, are reinterpreted along much freer lines, a carefully gauged sense of disorder and smoothly flowing spaces in search of a continuum made of what are only apparently random signs, ranging from soft convexity and concavity, screens an diaphragms that make the museum layout full of unexpected turns, dilating and extending its interiors.
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