New apma opening

AmorePacific Museum of Art will settle in a new nest at AMOREPACIFIC’s headquarters in Yongsan, Seoul whose construction will be completed in 2017. It is designed by the British architect David Chipperfield (1953- ) who is well-known to us for his successful projects throughout the world. His stance on architecture can be rightly characterized by the aesthetics of restrained simplicity based on his insights into the traditions and histories of the concerning locations, and this architectural philosophy of his can be well exemplified by his simple designs which form a symphonious relationship with nature. The architect weaves the original components of traditional Korean houses such as pillars, floorings and courtyards into the design of the new headquarters and employs the most advanced technology to realize such a design. APMA is excited to offer exhibitions of diverse works of art and projects at not only its spacious galleries but also such multipurpose spaces as its lobby and open-air garden and even its roof garden located in the center of the building.

Another ambition of APMA is the diversification of the depths and methods of the communication through art, and this will be materialized by opening its educational spaces, auditorium, art library and art archive to both the public and art professionals. Among the activities of the Museum are included the organization and presentation of exhibitions, projects and educational programs in which traditional art and contemporary one are orchestrated in good harmony. The Museum is strongly motivated to fructify the international language of beauty with the traditional artistic expectations of Korea. Also, its differentiated membership program will enable the museum to achieve its sincere objective to form an interactive communication with the visitors.

Map and Location

159-5, Hangangno 2-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea

Architect: David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield studied at Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association in London. After graduating he worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. He established David Chipperfield Architects in 1985 in London and opened further practices in Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. David Chipperfield has taught and lectured worldwide. He has been Professor of Architecture at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, and Visiting Professor at several schools of architecture in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2009 David Chipperfield was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 2010 he was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2012 David Chipperfield was Curator of the 13th International Archi-tecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.


David Chipperfield Architects was founded in 1985 and has offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. The practice currently employs over 200 staff who work internationally on cultural, residential and commercial projects providing full architectural and interior design, masterplanning, product and furniture design services for both public and private sectors. The practice’s portfolio includes museums and galleries, libraries, private houses, hotels, offices, masterplans, and retail facilities. The practice has won numerous national and in-ternational competitions and awards. It gained citations for design excellence, including the Stirling Prize 2007 for the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach am Neckar and the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2011 for the rebuilding of the Neues Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island.