ACC Archive & Research Permanent Exhibition — Archive of the Establishment of the Asia Culture Center: Forest of Light
This exhibition defines the concept and meaning of the architectural design of the Asia Culture Center, presenting the journey of how it was built for over a decade.
- DateFrom Nov. 23, 2022 (Wed)
- Time(Tue–Sun) 10 AM – 6 PM
(Wed & Sat) 10 AM – 8 PM
* Closed on Mondays
- PlaceEstablishment Archive Room, ACC Archive & Research
- Age LimitAll ages
- Price Free
- TicketFree admission
The ACC was designed to place the existing building that is a footprint of the May 18 Democratic Uprising in the center, and locate the ACC facilities on the basement floor.
The upper part of the facility is designed as an open-air park with square windows that allow sunlight to enter the building during daytime, while artificial lighting light up the park at night.
< Forest of Light > is an exhibition to introduce the key concept and significance of the designing of the ACC and how it was built for over a decade. The architectural design of the ACC has a symbolic meaning of its establishment, which shows architectural features and philosophy of the architect as well. The process and time of concepts demonstrated through spaces and completed through a system is implicitly shown through the design material donated by Architect Kyu Sung Woo.
We hope this exhibition gives you an in-depth understanding of the ACC architecture.
- PeriodFrom Wed, Nov. 23 *Permanent exhibition
- LocationEstablishment Archive Room, ACC Archive & Research
Concept of Architecture
Therefore, new facilities have been built underground along the boundaries of the preserved building. This has resulted in leaving the existing building that holds the memory of the May 18 Democratic Uprising above ground in the center.
Photo: Courtesy of Jang Jae-yeol; May 18 Democratic Uprising Archives
The Citizen’s Park is open to everyone as a public space with democratic features.
Courtesy of Timothy Hursley
Citizens gather in this courtyard through different paths and then move to different cultural facilities as they wish. This courtyard also enables citizens to perform external activities of each facility. It is an open plaza and the center of citizens’ activities
Artificial light is passed through the same lighting window at night to show a different scene of lights. This creates a moderate and original ambiance of the ACC.
Courtesy of Timothy Hursley
About the Architect
His main works include the Seoul Olympic Village Apartment, Whanki Museum, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas, and the Harvard dorm. Woo received the Ho-Am Prize in the arts section supported by Samsung Foundation in 2008 and a Harleston Parker Medal in 2012.
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