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Mimesis Museum
Álvaro Siza

February 21, 2011 /

Paju Book City

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Photo: Duccio Malagamba

The Mimesis Museum, housing a book publisher's private art collection, is located in Paju Book City, a new town 30 km from Seoul.

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Photo: Duccio Malagamba

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The flowing concrete form, that wraps around a central courtyard, was inspired by a sketch of a cat that Siza drew upon arriving at the site.

With that sketch, the idea for the building was there, drawn in one movement, one gesture/Carlos Castanheira


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Photo: Duccio Malagamba

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The walls are almost windowless with most of the light coming through rafted ceilings, whose shapes form a counterpoint to the curved walls, with skylights spilling out from over their edges. The walls and ceilings are whitewashed, the floors marble and oak.

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The three-story building has services in the basement,  temporary exhibition galleries and reception on the ground floor, overlooked by a mezzanine with a cafeteria and staff area, and the main exhibition spaces on the first floor.
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Sketch courtesy Álvaro Siza
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Model photo courtesy Álvaro Siza
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Drawing courtesy Álvaro SizaSite Plan
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Drawing courtesy Álvaro SizaGround Floor Plan
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Drawing courtesy Álvaro SizaFirst Floor Plan
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Drawing courtesy Álvaro SizaSecond Floor Plan
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Drawing courtesy Álvaro SizaRoof Plan
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Drawing courtesy Álvaro SizaSections

Paju Book City was designed in 1999 by the Architecture Research Unit dedicated to the publishing industry.

I didn't have as much context as I would like with which I could create a dialogue, I only had a site plan, so I had to concentrate on creating an atmosphere for the building./Álvaro Siza (Referring to the problem of building for a new town where your neighbors haven't even been designed yet.)

Facts about Mimesis Museum

Site area:

4,650 m2

Foot print area:

1,300 m2

Total floor area:

4,000 m2

Architects:
Álvaro Siza Arquitecto
Carlos Castanheira & Jun Sung Kim

Portuguese Office:

CC & CB Arqtos Ldª:
Dalila Gomes
João Figueiredo

Korean Office: HANDS:

Young-il Park
Chungheon Han

Engineers:

Jung-Myung Engineering Group Co.
Hansan Engineering Co.
Jungang Constructural Engineering Consultant

Construction Company:

Hanool Construction Co.

Photographed by Duccio Malagamba

Client:

Open Books Publishing Co.
Paju Book City

Last updated: May 26, 2014

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