Moon Shin Museum
Gyeonggi-do / South Korea / 2009 (Project)
Sculpture museum without walls set within the landscape
Client: Yangiu Municipality
Net Area: 2,000 m2
Executive Architects: Morph Architects (KR)
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold (UK)
Ron Arad Architects were invited to develop proposals for a museum dedicated to the work of the Korean National Sculptor, Moon Shin. Situated on a hillside site within an hour of Seoul, the project inspired a unique approach to both site and the display of objects.
A question first comes to mind; Perhaps there is something wrong with locking the sculptural work of Moon Shin within an enclosed building, when such a great number of them are clearly designated to be outdoors, to be set within the landscape. This questioning led to an idea that might seem radical to begin with - a museum without walls – but the more we think about it, the more impossible it is to go back to the conventional big pavilion museum concept. Not only does the wall-less museum render a better setting for the work, it is also a more sensible and economic means to avoid creating a big enclosure that requires sealing, insulating, heating, cooling.