SO IL: kukje art center
may 21, 2012
SO IL: kukje art center


‘kukje art center’ by SO-IL, seoul, korea
image © iwan baan
all images courtesy of SO-IL

new york-based practice SO-IL has recently completed the
‘kukje art center’, a gallery and art campus masterplan within sogyeok-dong,
a neighborhood north of seoul, korea. the single-storey structure merges with the district’s historic urban fabric of lowrise courtyard houses
and dense network of small alleyways. joining the recent influx of boutique shops, coffee shops and exhibition spaces, the building
encloses an open display area for large installations, performances and multipurpose functions. below grade, two levels will contain
an auditorium for lectures, sales room and storage.

maintaining the interior as a cubic volume, circulation is pushed to the edges forming bulges within the massing of the exterior,
breaking down the possibility of a pure white figure set into the context. a chainmail veil cloaks the surface, diffusing the crisp edges
of the rectilinear geometry with an interplay of shadow and reflection. the stretchable material does not crease, easily navigating and
smoothing the angled outdoor stairway or curved projection encasing internal corridors.


north facade
image © iwan baan


mesh detail
image © iwan baan


(left) east entrance
(right) curved stair
image © iwan baan


curved stair
image © iwan baan


gallery space
image © iwan baan


office
image © iwan baan


roof terrace
image © iwan baan


roof detail
image © iwan baan


context
image © iwan baan


site plan


floor plan / level 0


section

project info:

client: kukje gallery
location: seoul, south korea
program: art gallery, lecture hall
area: 1.500m² / 11.000 sf
status: completed april 2012
team: iannis kandyliaris, cheon-kang park, sooran kim

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