Museum of War and Women’s Human Rights by Wise Architecture

Black brick is used to create a place of remembrance and healing for the victims and their supporters.

SEOUL – Located in Seongsan-dong, a residential area in west Seoul, Wise Architecture has converted a former house into a museum dedicated to the large number of Korean women that were forced into prostitution by the Japanese Imperial army during World War II.  

The building itself is a small, domestically-scaled affair. The lack of space led architects to adopt a more narrative approach to the exhibition spaces, where each room and each architectural intervention was given specific meaning along a sequential route. The four narrative spaces – Memory, Remembrance, Healing and Record – are organised around an interior void. Complementing the exhibition itself, the architects have realised an archive and a small room where survivors can share their experiences with visitors.

‘The material used for the original building was black brick,’ say the architects, who have also added a secondary brick screen to unite the museum’s frontage. ‘By further utilising this material, we were able to bring up an emotional story to this ordinary residence.’

Photos Doo Ho Kim and Wise Architecture (where indicated).

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