‘Interactive Maze’ Historical Museum, 2020

Site Area : 11,780 m2

Building Area : 2,510 m2

Total Area : 3,250 m2

Site : Historical Uijeongbu Site, Seoul, South Korea

Design Site
Design Motif
Concept Sketch

Design Concept

The given site preserves the historical values ​​of traditional buildings, and has special conditions to open them to the public as they are. Therefore, it was the starting point in design to consider the characteristics of the interconnected arrangements of the traditional Korean architectural style while preserving important historical remains and allowing visitors to view them in various aspects. To achieve this goal, the first step was dividing the historical remains area on the site by using a square frame which metaphors historical contexts and then the external decks are inter-weaved. This inter-connected decks like ‘Maze’ are the result of the process of segmenting and connecting the frames in consideration of the movement of visitors and their visual connections. Therefore maze-like decks are connected with various directions and segmented. Visitors interact with each other by sometimes stopping to view the historical remains and sometimes observing other visitors’ observations. After viewing outdoor heritage, visitors can experience the museum building which is located at the ending points of outdoor maze-like decks. The appearance of the building mass, facade and color tone have been inspired by the curves and textures of the roof in Korean traditional architecture, so you can appreciate the modern beauty interpreted from Korean traditional architecture. Even in the exhibition hall, you can continue to appreciate the existing historical heritage in the space made up of ceilings and walls inspired by the traditional roof patterns and colors. The harmony between the modern interpretation of traditional Korean architecture and the unique traditional characters are the key of the success in this project.

Design by KIM MIN JAE

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