LEEUM MUSEUM, SOUTH KOREA, SEOUL, 2004
A multifunction building for exhibitions, media and office spaces in Seoul
The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art project is a 27,000m2 masterplan designed by OMA in 1997. Located in Hannam-Dong - a residential district near the city centre, the complex comprises three buildings by OMA, Mario Botta and Jean Nouvel. The OMA building covers a gross area of 13,100m2 for temporary contemporary exhibitions, media and office spaces. The three buildings converge into a central mixing chamber that forms the lobby and information area.
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The museum complex entry is through the OMA building via a ramp leading directly into the mixing chamber. The dominant feature of OMA’s design is a massive black concrete box, which confronts the visitor immediately at the entrance. The box is suspended within large excavation in the undulating topography creating varying light conditions within the space. Circulation is conceived around the experience of the black box by descending under it, into it and moving above it. This movement provides the visitor a rich experience of the dynamic relationship between the building, the site and the city.
FACT SHEET
Project:
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

Status:
Commission 2002, Completion 2004

Client:
Samsung Cultural Foundation

Location:
Seoul, Korea

Site:
City centre, at a steep hill in a living area

Program:
13,500m2: exhibition, offices, children’s centre


COLLABORATORS
Local Architect:

Structure:
Chunglym Engineers

Landscape:


PUBLICATIONS
Korea Herald, 9 December 2010
A+U #422, 11/05
Archiworld, Culture, Project Type 9, Seoul, 2005
Arcspace

Dolcevita*, 06
Interni #552, 06/05
Sixty Six World New Architecture 2, 2006

CREDITS
Partners in charge:
Rem Koolhaas, Ole Scheeren

Associate in charge:
Kunle Adeyemi

Team:
Shiro Ogata, Torsten Schröder, Mark Watanabe, Victoria Willocks, Charles Berman, Daan Ooievaar, Paul Burgstaller, James Harper with Minsuk Cho


AWARDS
2005 Excellence in Design for Civic Architecture
Seoul Metropolitan Government

VISITS
747-18, Hannam-Don, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, South Korea 140-893
http://www.leeum.org