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.’