PROJECT: DELISABATINI architetti + Ji ho Yoon Architect YEAR: 2017 NAME: Art Complex, Pyeongchang-Dong, Seoul – International Architecture Competition LOCATION: SEOUL CLIENT: The City of Seoul – South Korea COLLABORATORS: Arch. Vittorio Lecce, Arch. Silena Savoca DOWNLOAD: PUBLICATIONS: The project area, divided in four parts of which the main bigger than the others, looks out on a primary road: the Pyeongchangmunhwa-ro. The area is located in an urban contest characterized by a medium/low density population and an interesting, articulated natural landscape. The main area is characterized by a steep slope with bare rocks and it’s surrounded by green mountains. The natural site orography becomes, together with the new construction, exhibition space: natural elements as art to expose near artworks. The project rejects the idea to focus all the functions in a unique building; it creates a “widespread structure” in the Art Complex. In this way, it hopes into a greater involvement for the population. Therefore, the project divides the real museum (the principal building characterized by a plastic appearance, which entertains visual and physical relationship with the surrounded landscape) from the researches area and museum office (located in a farther building submitted in the urban context). The museum project is developed into a succession of exhibition areas (open and closed) which are joined by a path. This path takes the visitors along the slope until the highest area. The main path is the same of the exhibition path and begins in the first exhibition area, above a podium, near the canal. The walk goes on the area in front of the researches area and museum office building, where there is a high visibility and a greater involvement of the passers. This area is also achievable by the underground park nearby. The path carries on along the main square of the principal building and, by its, it is sucked by the big empty interior, where the exposition areas bordering (Open archive platform, Special exhibition room and Project gallery). The visitor is absorbed by this large, high and plastic space. From this, he arrives, through stairs and lifts, on the big exhibition terrace of the main building. The main part of terrace is closed from the city on itself and it overlooks on the green hill and the far mountains. From the terrace, the path carries on the green slope by cozy ramps; it crosses all the exhibition areas of the viewpoint-terrace (which are cantilevered in the space), until the last where the path ends. The principal building is a solid, plastic volume, which is wedged into the slope and partially cantilevered. It has a live visual and physical relationship with the slope. Under the suspended volume, the rocks wall behind the glass wall, is visible without interruptions and becomes part of the big interior space. The rocks wall creates an intimate space where the Reference area overlooks. The big lobby is a fluid space full of views; It aims to merge all the exposition halls of the different levels. Café and bookshop are located inside the high open space of the Open Archive Platform. The stairs in the lobby lead on the exhibition terrace and the light sucks the visitor who arrives from the city. The big atrium can host different events and the exposition of big artworks. All these wide and related spaces are lit by a natural light from roof windows, with the possibility to introduce obscurant elements. The landscaping project plans to put in the sites two panoramic terraces and four squares. The two panoramic terraces (in the concrete structure) are embedded inside the hill and connected with a natural \ exhibition path that follows the hillside slope. The four squares (two in front of the main buildings, one across the main street and near the canal, and the last one at the top of the slope other the way) will be covered in stone and will exhibit artworks. The remaining external areas will be designed with green. The largest area with an existing forest, which is on the hill behind the main building, will be thickened with typical local essences. The aim is to hide the view of the neighboring buildings and to Ensure, at the same time, a visual continuity with the view of the close mountains.