Culture Forest / Unsangdong Architects

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Unsangdong Architects shared with us their 1st prize winning project “Culture Forest”, a Culture & Art Center located in SeongDong-gu, . The project is expected to be completed next year. More images and architect’s description after the break.

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Forest lets us experience nature, heals our soul and mind, and makes us dream of a new future. In a forest, natural substances such as air, trees, water, soil and wind do not exist separately. The natural substances in a forest are linked together. Since forests provide a beautiful voice and stunning experiences, many people are amused with the harmony of forests and moon over the space of forests. The scenery looking at Seongdong will be as opened as possible, providing a landscape of intensive and storytelling experience. By planning eco-friendly architecture, the new cultural space will become a dreaming space. Each program consists of an eco friendly and creative cultural space by floating rest, events and green area. The space skin of culture will unify architecture and nature through green walls and generates energy by solar powered panel skin.

The flying theater has a unique and creative form. By geometrical patterns and forms of nature, the skin inside is a logical space for the sound. The entire space of the theater will be filled with dark wine color.

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By using the crack of the inside skin, the lighting will become atypical and organic, suggestion an attractive theater space connecting reality, ideal and dream.

The walkway around the building naturally connects each program and becomes an intensive cultural street, converting from inside to outside and outside to inside. In order to become a sustainable culture space, the space should get over the basic rules. A multi culture complex is suggested to actively realize the needs of residents. Becoming a multi cultural facility that provides eco-friendly and healthy cultural living, Culture Forest will create various library programs for residents such as concerts, women’s culture and children playing area and become a landmark with beautiful culture, future-oriented dreams and passion of SeongDong.

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Architects: Unsangdong Architects – YoonGyoo Jang, ChangHoon Shin, SungMin Kim
Location: 656-323, SeongSu-dong, SeongDong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Project Team: MinTae Kim, HyeRim Seo, WonIl Kim, BoYoung Ahn, EunChong Cho
Client: Municipality of SeongDong-gu
Structure: Steel framed reinforcement concrete
Use: welfare, education and research, culture, nursery school
Site Area: 1694m2
Bldg Area: 1001.77m2
Gross Floor Area: 9597.37m

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Culture Forest / Unsangdong Architects" 18 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <>


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    The auditorium is a shameless copy of UN Studio’s Agora Theatre. Other than that and a truly dreadful metaphor, it looks like it could be an interesting scheme.

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    It is more to architecture than just the outside appearance of the building,Interior design is a huge part of why people find it so beautiful.the outside is the part that initially grabs the attention but the interior is what makes the building memorable and functional.

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    I`m a student,and have interesting of your scheme.And i want to make a model for homework.Can u help me to find the data inside?Thanks.

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    it’s so great as a project!
    i’m student ana i have to analyse it!
    but i don’t found plans!
    c’est urgent!!

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    outdoor is fantastic . how we can see the interior design and floor plans of this project ?

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