Bugye Arboretum ‘Sayuwon’ – Myungjeong by IROJE Architects & Planners

A fully underground space for meditation

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Bugye Arboretum ‘Sayuwon’
Location: Bugye-myeon, Gunwi-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea
Site area: 130,695㎡

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暝庭 | Myeongjeong (Meditation Garden)


This place, asked for an observation deck on the northern peak of the arboretum, is the place where visitors come after seeing almost all the beautiful scenery of the arboretum. Therefore, in order to make the view of the arboretum more beautiful to those who bring all the memories of the arboretum, it is necessary to keep the memory in mind. This is why this place is not a mere observation deck but a place for the visitors to reflect on themselves. Thus, this place was named Myeongjeong (Meditation Garden) at the first beginning of design, and the entire facility was pushed into the ground. Only the concrete front wall is visible, but even the concrete wall is covered by a fir forest.

▼项目概览,general view © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼整个设施被推入地下,the entire facility was pushed into the ground © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼在地面层,唯有混凝土墙可见,Only the concrete front wall is visible from the ground level © IROJE Architects & Planners


When people go up a slope led by a long wall, they will see a small opening and a long aisle. If going along this narrow passage and turn the direction, the descending stairs is connected. When people go down the stairs 27 meters and turn the direction, they will encounter an unexpected space. There, people will see water running on the stone wall, the floor covered with the water, and the stage on the opposite side connected by a passage over the water. A long bench of concrete awaits them in front of the water. No trees can be seen here.

▼俯瞰斜坡,aerial view to the slope © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼进入庭院的路径,entry way to the court © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼水庭,the water court © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼水在石墙上流动,water running on the stone wall © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼混凝土长椅,the concrete bench © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼壁龛,the sacristy © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼舞台,the stage © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼夜景,night view © IROJE Architects & Planners


When people go in passing the water-flowing wall, a long silent space appears, and there are tabernacles like small sanctuaries in this space. They can hear only the mere sound of the water running down the stone wall, but the sound of silence prevails. What lies here is only meditation.

▼冥想空间,the space for meditation © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼仰视,looking up from the void © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼冥想室,meditation room © IROJE Architects & Planners


It is truly spectacular to see the landscape of the arboretum spreading to the south and the soft and delicate silhouette of Mount Palgong which seems to have enveloped all the whole world when people go up the narrow and steep staircase made between the stone walls. This landscape is different from the one they saw first and it will be a new world again.

▼楼梯,stairs © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼屋顶视野,rooftop view © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼ 场地平面图,site plan © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼一层和二层平面图,lower floor plan & upper level plan © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼立面图,elevation © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼剖面图,section © IROJE Architects & Planners

灯光设计:New Lite

Completed in 2019
Bldg. area: 150㎡
Gross FL area: 150㎡
Structural engineer: The Naeun Structural Eng.
Electrical engineer: WooLim E&C
Lighting design: New Lite
Contractor: YoungJo Construction Co.

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