New National Contemporary Art Storage of Korea Competition Entry / PWFERRETTO

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With the proposal title of ‘Expose the Structural DNA’, PWFERRETTO’s design for a new National Contemporary Art Storage of Korea amplifies the power of the existing structure by revealing its bare structural logic. Their main goals are to create an engaging experience and relate to the visitor in a more raw and immediate way, which makes it different from a museum. More images and architects’ description after the break.

enclosed garden

The original factory has a beautiful sense of rationality and authenticity; where the structure of the building is honestly manifested in its elevations. Our projects main concept is to expose the original structural logic of the building and in the process create a new landmark project that retains the DNA of the original building.

temporary gallery spaces

By removing the nonstructural walls and exposing the column and grid matrix a shelf system is revealed, that recalls the elegant Korean screen painting of the Josong Dynasty. The infill walls are replaced with articulated slanted screens which weave through the façade creating a progressive movement.

public storage corridor

The façade is articulated through a series of openings, with three distinct types of movement: Fixed/Slanted-In/Slanted-Out and Fixed. Through this movement the façade becomes layered and sense of depth is added to the once static elevation. The material of the openings is metallic and glazed to produce a contrast with the existing, and further create a clear sign that the original building has been transformed yet its soul is kept intact.

Architects: PWFERRETTO
Location: Chengju,
Architecture Design: PWFERRETTO, Peter w. Ferretto, Hyunsu Kim, Sungyeol Choi, Lucia Espinosa, Yoechun Yoon
Structural Engineer: DongYang Structural Engineers Group
Mechanical Engineer: Woowonm&einc
Client: National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Plot Area: 22,250 m2
Construction Area: 20,400 m2
Competition Date: February 2013

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "New National Contemporary Art Storage of Korea Competition Entry / PWFERRETTO" 12 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>