Client: JINJU NATIONAL MUSEUM
Place: Jinju, South Korea
Date: 2023 Competition
Budget: 50,615,000,000 KRW
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Maider Llaguno-Munitxa, Ivaylo Nachev, George Foundos
We have concentrated the building in a central mass with a squared footprint to divide the site into into two public zones:
– To the South the building will face the Lawn, a flat grass surface for open-air public events.
– To the North, a parking for 200cars, 5 Bus Docks and logistic access. It will be paved with permeable tiles growing grass and covered with a canopy of trees covering the vehicles.
The building has been designed as a compact and monumental mass with a solid volume on top which is supported on legs that form trilithic gates on the four different sides. The building is transparent on the lower level, with a high degree of continuity between inside and outside, while becoming entirely opaque at the top level. The building will feel like a heavy mass of exhibition spaces hovering above the publicly accessible programs and the use a cyclopean masonry of rough-cut granite stones as a remembrance of the Jinju Wall, which the building celebrates.
The building has two double-height public levels to optimize pedestrian accessibility to the floors. It is organized around a Central Atrium which acts as the main distributor, capable to host large events and installations.
The Museum Galleries are located all on the 1st level and will have zenithal diffuse light from a serrated roof which doubles as a solar farm. The Children’s Museum, Multipurpose Hall, 3D Image Hall, Information Resource Centre, Meetings and Seminars, Restaurant and Shop will be located on the ground level and will be opening, visually and physically, to the surrounding landscape.
A mezzanine with all management offices will be located above the meeting and service facilities on the ground level, along the West and North faces of the volume.
The building is designed to optimize environmental performance through active and passive systems:
1.Compactness to reduce heat gain and heat loses.
2.Natural daylight and ventilation using the atrium to create buoyancy.
3.Thermal mass construction with low-carbon concrete.
1.Use of the roof as a solar farm in combination with a geothermal facility.
2.Thermal regulation provided mostly through radiation.
3.Heat recovery through enthalpic heat exchangers.