South Korea gets animated with new museum complex

May 01, 2009 |

In a step toward global recognition of South Korea’s established animation industry, the city of Bucheon is building the new Korean Animation Museum. Designed by the Los Angeles office of international design firm NBBJ, the two-building, $60 million complex, which includes the first museum dedicated to animation in Korea, will house a library, auditorium, dining halls, restaurants, clubs, offices, and a museum.

In order to make the development inviting to tourists and community members alike, NBBJ utilized the space between the two buildings to create a civic area that will become a focal point of Bucheon. The public area slopes alongside the site’s natural contours, creating an amphitheatre for large-scale public gatherings and embracing the city motto “Fantasia Bucheon.”

The Korean Animation Museum, along with the office building for the Korean animation industry, were designed as two complementary buildings which use similar but opposing shapes and exterior materials to create a dynamic atmosphere and balance between the structures. A bridge spans across the buildings, creating an internal link that encourages visitor interactions between the museum and the industry offices. Completion: mid-2009.

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