The National Museum of the World Writing


“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
20m (B1, L1, L2 & L3)
B1, L1, L2 & L3
Songdo International City, Incheon, Korea

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.


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 sceneries 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 together with characteristics of writings and their various systems. In order to achieve our goal, 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 are vertically erected to be viewed from the horizontal landscape by preserving parking space underground to minimize excavation on the reclaimed land. 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 become transitional space from A exhibition to B, library to cafeteria, office to canteen, etc. giving various and continuous exhibition space in sequential circulation.

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






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


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