The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art Interaction with living art
Located at Han Nam Dong on the slope of Namsan and flanked by the Hangang River, Leeum provides a uniquely harmonious view of nature and architecture. Museum 1, which occupies a site of 700 pyeong (1 pyeong is 3.3 m2.) with a total floor area of 3,000 pyeong, displays Korean traditional art, and Museum 2, on a site of 500 pyeong, with a total floor area of 1,500 pyeong, houses contemporary art. The Samsung Child Education & Culture Center, located at the entrance of Leeum, is built in an area of 1,200 pyeong with a total floor area of 3,900 pyeong. This Center is an educational facility for improving the creativity of future generations. Museum 1 and Museum 2 showcase critically acclaimed artworks. Unlike Museum 1 and 2, The Samsung Child Education & Culture Center, which has educational and exhibition functions, is a free space for contemporary and future art. Each of the three buildings was designed with innovative techniques that reflect each architect’s strong characters.
Mario Botta visualized the beauty of Korean porcelain by using terra cotta tiles, which symbolize earth and fire. Jean Nouvel used glass and rusted stainless steel, for the first time anywhere, to express high technology in contemporary art. Rem KoolHaas used unusual materials, such as black concrete, to make a black box, and designed a futuristic architectural space that appears to be floating in the air.