Writing on Landscape


Building Fact

  • Site Area : 19,400 sm
  • Total Building Area : 4,500 sm
  • Floor : B1 & L1 ~ L3
  • Height : 20m
  • Location : Song-do, Incheon, South Korea
  • Status : Concept Design Published

Design Concept

“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 languages. Writing is not a language, but a tool developed by human society.” 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 can express, as architects, 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, we intended to use the landscape as a major part of the design element and wanted the museum building a simple form to reflect the surroundings together with characteristics of writings and their various systems. Hence, we simply start to draw our imagination on the site as if we are writing various written characters from countries in the world on a notebook.

Parts of written characters on landscape are vertically erected to be viewed from the horizontal landscape by preserving parking space underground to minimize waterproof issues due to excavation on the reclaimed land. Vertically standing letters are engraved to the wall. Two main rectangular exhibition areas are inter-connected through this wall which becomes bridges of two buildings; thus, they become transitional space from A to B exhibition, library to cafeteria, office to canteen, etc. giving various and continuous exhibition space in sequential circulation.

Façade materials, reflective corrugate metals, are chosen to reflect surroundings to be well mingled 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 façade.

Design Process

Perspective Section