The KISWIRE center, located in Busan Korea, takes into account the dual characteristics of the neighborhood- an old industrial area set into hills with a spectacular view of the ocean - and converts unused property into spaces that encourage spontaneous interactions and civic participation. The old KISWIRE factory is being transformed into a commercial and recreational center.
KISWIRE Center is intended to achieve harmony with the natural landscape, partially disappearing into the site. The main building, in which KISWIRE Museum and training center are located, is embedded in the ground while exposing only vehicular and pedestrian entrances. The KISWIRE center is comprised of 3 distinct buildings: Museum, Residence, and Learning Center. The KISWIRE center consists of linearly coordinated spaces that communicate with surroundings. Outdoor amphitheater, reflection pool, training center, and other amenities are placed in linear fashion, creating visual coherence.
The museum is designed to be the focal point of the neighborhood, featuring an open column-less space with a spiraling ramp, object displays, a library and service rooms. Wire allows better spatial efficiency, eliminating thick pillars or beams. The winding ramp is also supported by wires. These wires supporting the structure penetrate through the walls and extends to the outside. Expressing wire's strengths in an adventurous way, KISWIRE center tests the limit of wire's possibility. The roof is built with pre-cast post tension concrete method. Slightly sloped and bent roof creates a natural curvature, and the pulling of wires creates a lightly floating roof. By implementing unique construction methods and use of innovative building materials, KISWIRE really tries to show their wide range of innovative product spectrum. The residence, where KISWIRE employees visit for learning experience, is intentionally kept low in heights in order to protect the view of the main building.