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KCC Closure & Renovation: March-August, 2018



As part of a major redesign of our cultural spaces, the KCC will undergo interior renovations from mid-March through August of 2018. Some of our regular cultural programs will be on hold during this time, while others will be held at other local venues. For a preview of the newly redesigned space, see the description below. If you are interested in picking up informational materials about Korea, you can still do so by making an appointment (please call or email about your request). 

Check back to our website or join our e-mailing list for details on upcoming programs during this time, and we look forward to seeing you in our newly improved main floor space in August!


 K-Culture Experience Zone Renovation Project:
  • Creating a welcoming space to share centuries-old rich traditions through dynamic new media technologies in a flexible and adaptable format
  • A place where art and culture of Korea and the US meet and are exchanged

Past Meets Future
Movement through the lit and shadowed spaces evoke the experience of moving through a traditional Hanok (한옥): perhaps the way one would move from a bright Madang (마당) through a shadowed Maru (마루) and into a dimly lit Bang (방). Although the arrangement of rooms has been reconfigured to reflect the functions and existing forms of the Center, resonance with the plan sequence and mysterious light qualities of the Hanok (한옥) can act as a spatial counterpart to the “Korean” cultural content on display, while allowing three distinct exhibition conditions that can accommodate an infinite number of the ever-updating contents of future exhibits.

OBRA Architects
OBRA’s efforts span the realms of architecture on all scales, from international master planning and institutional work to the scale of interiors, furniture, and public art, with projects in Asia, the Americas and Europe and offices in New York, Beijing and Seoul. OBRA is the 2006 Winner of the PS1 MoMA Young Architects Program, invited participant in the 2011-2012 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale and the 2014 & 2016 Venice Biennale, and a 2014 Kim Swoo Geun Preview Prize winner. OBRA was appointed as one of Seoul City Government’s Public Architects in 2015 and is a selected NYC Department of Design and Construction Design Excellence contract architect. Recent work includes exhibition design for the inaugural 2017 Seoul Biennale, an installation commissioned for the first Orleans Biennale and chosen for inclusion in the collection of the Frac Center in France, multi-family housing developments in New Jersey, and private residences in DC and Seoul.