The National Museum of the World Writing

WRITING ON LANDSCAPE

“Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language, but a tool developed by human society.” 

Site Area
19,400 sm
Building Area
14,500 sm
Height
20m (B1, L1, L2 & L3)
Floor
B1, L1, L2 & L3
Location
Songdo International City, Incheon, Korea
Status
Concept
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It is a great task to trace back cultural heritages through studying and developing forms and styles from various ethnic backgrounds of each different writings and writing systems. In this immediate understanding on the matter, we are overwhelmed by the fact the expression on the museum of world writing can be too vast and tremendous. However, creating the architectural form for the Museum of World Writing will be very much rewarding historical event, if we, as architects, can express into a form of conglomeration that brings the sense and beauty of the world writings.

DESIGN PROCESS DIAGRAM

The location of the museum is centered at ‘The Central Park’ of the city and it provides a place for people around to relax and enjoy open green nature of the town and scenes around the city to view from their high-rise residential or office towers. By the given context on the site, we intended to use the landscape as to be a major part of the design element and wanted the museum building to be a simple form to reflect the surroundings as if the ideas of writings and various systems are hidden behind the nature. Having understood vast and various types of writing systems, we, in reverse, tried to minimize visual implication on a form during the design process. We simply start to draw our imagination on the given site as if we are writing on the notebook with letters in various written characters from countries in the world.

Parts of written characters on landscape arevertically erected to be viewed from the horizontal landscape. Vertically standing letters are engraved to the wall. Two main rectangular buildings are inter-connected by the wall which becomes bridges of two buildings and they becomes transitional space from A exhibition to B, library to cafeteria, office to canteen, etc. giving various and continuous exhibition space.

The rectangular main masses clothed with reflective corrugated metal panels are mingled into the landscape. The existence of the form is disappeared into the nature yet it stands still.  At the end, the architecture of the world writing is concluded as an art of conglomeration explicitly in landscape and implicitly behind built facade.

SITE PLAN

FLOOR PLANS

ELEVATIONS

SECTIONS

TYPICAL WALL SECTION

The architecture of the world writing is concluded as an art of conglomeration explicitly in landscape and implicitly in internal courtyard.