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National Museum of World Writing

The writing museum, as a landmark that connects humans to writing systems, is designed to reveal the development of writing through the movement of the visitors.

Circulation is used as “carving” or “engraving” into the walls of the main hall. Through the development of writing systems, information is encoded in the sequence of strokes. When writing is performed, the human hand moves through the sequence of strokes and reveals meaning through time. The performance of writing or calligraphy is a linear process that generates characters that form writing system. The continuous hand movement during writing creates the directionality and time sequencing of the strokes.

The main chasm is a double height space from the west side to the east side, connecting public (café, retail, ticketing) and private programs (education, office).

The secondary chasm is from north to south, forming the north entrance and the south skylight. The intersection of the two chasm forms the lobby and public gathering space. The architectural moment of the intersection reveals the linear making process of the museum, giving the visitor a viewpoint to trace back and look forward. Moving through the museum, the visitors are able to create a continuous experience of the writing process.

Seoul, Korea
Floor Area
16800 m²
Project Designers
William Taylor, FAIA
Dechen Zeng
Zhuo Wang
Mary Zhao
Korea Architect Institute
Project Type