Nam June Paik Museum,
Chronicle of death announced
An evolutionary partition
The principle is to offer an empty, horizontal, perennial space: a simple excavation in the topography of the ground where the program's "boxes" are placed. They stack up in time. This still new accumulation defines an evolutionary partition: adjustments, additions, programmatic modiﬁcations. Up to the vertical explosion, up to pushing the roof, up to changing the proﬁl architecture. Variable verticality. The choice of an evolutionary museum, the option not to ﬁxer future forms of the building, is to consider that it is from the heart, from the "middle" that everything grows. It is articulated around a thought of discretion.
The will: an integrated transversal specificity
In the course of our research on the work of Nam June Paik, we discovered his will in which he proposed to program the future destruction of the museum that would be built around his creations. We then integrated this will into our scenario. At ﬁn of the score, following the chronicle of a death announced as the last event, the NJPM will implode. A last gesture that could endorse a new approach to the museum.
From now on, the museum is no longer the space of eternity
It is a light shell that adapts to the ﬂux, to the ﬂuctuations of art. The temporary museum, formless, recyclable, interchangeable, as a non-museum, the "imaginary museum".
Like a shelter, a place of exchange and meeting, which is ultimately a tool for the durability of art, the works of art have their own life. They remain, like nature.
Construction of the "Nam June Paik" museum - GyeongGi Cultural Foundation, South Korea
South Korea, Gyeonggi-do
5 000 m²
Projectiles, architect (project manager)
Nicholas Gilliland, architecte (associate)
Emma Blanc, landscaper
Stéphane Maillard, videographer
Kyongi Cultural Foundation and UAI (South Korea)