ArchiWorkshop, Studio Akkerhuis and Posco A&C win competition for Gwangju Biennale Keystone

The Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall transcends its role as a mere venue for art display, strategically designed to operate as a global cultural nexus by fostering connectivity and active engagement with the local community.

Primarily, it accentuates the integration of the Biennale Matrix with the urban landscape, orchestrating a seamless assimilation with the surrounding environs and natural topography.

Image © ArchiWorkshop, Studio Akkerhuis, Posco A&C

This involves the assimilation of architectural elements into the terrain and the augmentation of accessibility through diverse modes of transportation and pedestrian pathways. Secondarily, there is a deliberate emphasis on the optimization of public spaces.

The environs of the exhibition hall are meticulously curated to provide areas for repose and cultural pursuits, cultivating an environmentally conscious ambiance conducive to shared utilization by local denizens and visiting patrons.

Image © ArchiWorkshop, Studio Akkerhuis, Posco A&C

In focus is the cultivation of dynamic outdoor exhibitions. The external precincts of the exhibition hall serve as canvases for art installations and interactive exhibits, leveraging distinct architectural facets to showcase artistic endeavors and stimulate cultural discourse.

A pivotal spotlight is directed towards the configuration of multi-functional internal spaces. The interior architecture is purposefully designed as a versatile expanse capable of accommodating a spectrum of activities, activating the artistic community and seamlessly delivering integrated indoor.

Image © ArchiWorkshop, Studio Akkerhuis, Posco A&C

There is a deliberate incorporation of advanced digital technologies. The exhibition hall proactively integrates digital interfaces to augment the synergy between exhibits and visitors, providing avenues for heightened participatory experiences.

The imperative of sustainability and ecological mindfulness takes precedence, with a commitment to conserving the indigenous natural milieu and disseminating a paradigm of environmental conscientiousness to visitors.

Image © ArchiWorkshop, Studio Akkerhuis, Posco A&C

Simultaneously, the exhibition hall espouses an ethos of societal diversity, serving as a platform for the respectful exchange and celebration of a multitude of cultural, social, and racial dimensions.

In light of these refined design tenets, the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall is poised to burgeon into a preeminent cultural epicenter through the harmonious convergence of artistic expression and community engagement. Source by ArchiWorkshop, Studio Akkerhuis and Posco A&C.

Site Plan

Location: Gwangju, South Korea

Architect: ArchiWorkshop, Studio Akkerhuis, Posco A&C

Program: Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall

Project: International competition for Gwangju Biennale exhibition hall

Site area: 34,925 m2

Gross Floor Area: 32,276 m2

Year: 2023

Images: Kin Creatives, Courtesy of ArchiWorkshop

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