First Photographic Art Museum in the world which has taken a picture by itself by MASK Architects

Photographic Art Museum

MASK Architects has designed ‘’ The First Art and Photograpy Museum in the World which has taken a picture by itself in Seoul. Named ‘’ The First Camera Obscura Photographic Art Museum ‘’, we can think about this installation in a simple and fun way: it is the museum itself, with its roof-top camera and pinholes in exhibition rooms, who are taking a picture of the present skyline of Seoul and showing it to the visitor.

The biggest Camera on Planet Earth is in Seoul!
So why not create the biggest camera on planet Earth and celebrate the art of photography and the city of Seoul with an installation of a rooftop ‘Camera Obscura’ that marries past, present, and future into an experience that visitors will never forget. Our installation will also boost the city’s economy and tourism flow, as visitors from all around the world, and all ages and profession, come to participate in Seoul’s vibrant cultural scene and have the Museum’s as one of the main incentive s for their visit.

Our Camera Obscura will turn Seoul Photographic Art Museum into the first public building in Seoul to host such a special and attractive design. Visitors that stand around the gallery space will allow them to virtually walk among the clouds, using a technology that requires nothing but sunshine. Moreover, by tilting the lens of the camera, we will also be able to show segments of Seoul’s urban landscape, immersing visitors in a new reality and making them participate in actual living photography of the city.

How does the Camera Obscura work inside the Museum
One of the systems comprised of two lenses and a large periscope mirror was installed on the very top of the building. Its closable and openable system. when Its area needs a dark area, the pinhole will be closed to provide a dark atmosphere for exhibition. On event, the pinhole will be open to show visitors how it could be to realize a real camera. This system provides a great event and experience for users.

At the top of the roof surface on the west side has a mirror was used to reflect the inverted image so it provides appears sky images on the middle of the gallery space on the event and educational programs. At the top of the building, we will mount a plain mirror, protected by a hood and a window-pane. The mirror is angled so that natural light reflects downwards into the tower. The light will pass through three lenses, bringing the focus onto the gallery space. The lenses also switch the sky view so that it appears upside down on the gallery space. The mechanism will be adaptable and orientable , according to the exhibition events.

What is the purpose of the Camera Obscura in our building
The main purpose of the project is to use the structure and shape of the building itself as a big camera. The camera obscura idea on the top of the building will project the wide sky that could be seen from the roof. It can also be used on the west and east surfaces of the building, which would allow the Camera to show Seoul’s urban landscape across the gallery space.

This kind of scientific device will give a wonderful experience for all kinds of local public, making the visit a must for any tourist that happens to visit the city. In relation to the local and national visitors, this installation will expand the educational opportunities, cultural and economic growth for the residents of the Northeastern region. Moreover, local residents, professional and amateur photographers will have the chance to profit from the museum’s collections and exhibitions.

About the Form Concept
“Photographic Art Museum Design‘ sets itself in contrast to the block-like structures t hat surround it in Seoul. At the same time, this cultural center takes INSPIRATION from TAEKKYEON which is a traditional Korean martial art that makes use of fluid, rhythmic dance-like movements to strike or trip up an opponent. On the front side of the building we can experience a cantilever movement through the south side that represents a KICK OF THE HUMAN such as TAEKKYEON dance movements, which are fluid, organic and strong in their emphasis.

The exposed steel structure appears like a huge sculpture with decoratively alternating light and shadow on the wide forecourt. Each of the angles of the building provide a different perspective on a different angle so that visitors can share the exciting feeling the building communicates while they are surrounded by its infrastructure. The overlapping, curved contours on the surface break out of the orthogonal urban grid pattern, attracting visitors magically. Museum Design’s fluid architecture embodies an enlightened philosophical framework. Source by MASK Architects.

  • Location: 70, Madeul-ro 13-gil, Dubong, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect: MASK Architects
  • Lead Architects: Öznur Pınar Çer
  • Technical Team: Danilo Petta,Sohyun Jeon ,Ernesto Estrella Cozar
  • Client: Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • Engineering: Mask Architects
  • Landscape: Mask Architects
  • Consultants: Tümer design Studio – Sertaç Tümer
  • Collaborators Local Architecture Office: SOBO Architects
  • Site Area: 2,500 M2
  • Gross Built Area: 6,658.92 m2
  • Year: 2019
  • Images: Courtesy of MASK Architects

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