Hwa Won / Listen Communication

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  323
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Photographs
    Photographs:JaeYoon KIM
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Hanji, Hardwood
Hwa Won / Listen Communication - Beam, Handrail
© JaeYoon KIM
Hwa Won / Listen Communication - Sofa, Table, Chair
© JaeYoon KIM

Text description provided by the architects. Asia Culture Center is an international complex cultural public institution. It features Asian cultural exchange, collection and research of cultural resource, contents production, exhibition, performance, archive, distribution and so on.

Hwa Won / Listen Communication - Beam
© JaeYoon KIM

The designers took charge of lobby design of international conference room where home and abroad honored guests would visit frequently.

Hwa Won / Listen Communication - Table, Sofa, Chair, Windows
© JaeYoon KIM

The client wanted this lobby to have Korean traditional identity because the guests come from all over the world.

Hwa Won / Listen Communication - Table, Chair
© JaeYoon KIM

The designers embodied the design in which tradition and modernity are in harmony through creative reinterpretation, rather than applying Korean traditional elements unconditionally.

Floor Plan

 They put the important intangible cultural property crafts in the right place as well as modern crafts made in collaboration with artisans.

Hwa Won / Listen Communication - Sink
© JaeYoon KIM

Lobby is an open space. Nevertheless, it is notable that this lobby feels snug owing to the layout like Hanok(Korean traditional house) with a courtyard.
Seats are arranged as if they embraced the space.

Entering lobby hall through metal gate motivated by brass, one can meet a bell of the temple Beopjusa of Joseon Dynasty made by a holder of Jucheoljang(intangible cultural property about casting).

Hwa Won / Listen Communication - Chair, Column
© JaeYoon KIM

Anyone can ring the bell. Acoustic element enables spatial experience to be plentiful.
The lobby’s center which presents the feeling in the courtyard of Hanok, is created to hold various cultural events situationally.

Hwa Won / Listen Communication - Table, Chair
© JaeYoon KIM

A corridor at the right of the lobby is unbeatable for having a break with tea between conferences. People can enjoy Korean traditional crafts without burdens because they are placed on the table in the shape of showcase.

Hwa Won / Listen Communication - Image 14 of 24
© JaeYoon KIM

At a little deeper side of the lobby, there is a lounge evoking restrained atmosphere. Sofa and table have luxurious materiality and heaviness.

Hwa Won / Listen Communication - Column
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The table made by the designer reminds of a painting in India ink which invites seers to contemplate. Oriental floor lamp motivated by a fan also shows Korean traditionality with more modern sensibility.

Hwa Won / Listen Communication - Image 19 of 24
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A fan artwork covering one wall harmonizes fluidly with the snug light filtering through Hanji(Korean traditional paper made from mulberry tree).

There are many elements to lead to Korean and Oriental world shadow seen through the pattern of traditional window and ceiling recalling the memory to look at the figure reflected on the tranquil pond silently. This space is certainly traditional. Anyone who lives in this age can travel back in time and experience the antique attraction.

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© JaeYoon KIM

However on the contrary, it can be said that unexcessive metaphorical design is modern.
In this respect, it is wonderful that the designers tune the gap of time between tradition and modern harmoniously.
Asia Culture Center has a space where Korean traditionality can be experienced in a new way.

Hwa Won / Listen Communication - Bench
© JaeYoon KIM

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Project location

Address:38 Munhwajeondang-ro, Seonam-dong, Dong-gu, Kwangju, South Korea

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About this office
Cite: "Hwa Won / Listen Communication" 12 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/908928/hwa-won-listen-communication> ISSN 0719-8884

© JaeYoon KIM

光州亚洲文化中心 / Listen Communication

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