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

A minimalist monastery made of Corten steel boxes

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

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卧寺 | Wasa (Lying Monastery)


但是,根据法律要求,是不能在这里建造建筑物的。因此,我们最终决定建造一个像空间艺术作品一样的构筑物。 在具有空间属性的艺术结构中,不必配备诸如隔热和防止外部极端天气等对于居住建筑来说必不可少的措施。相反,它使得人们有可能专注于结构空间的本质。

Three ponds were built in the steep valley down the lower part of the arboretum. It was considered that visitors would need resting shelters along the ponds. Although the ponds are different in height and size, some adding facilities should be better if connected. It was, however, the most isolated place in the entire arboretum and needed a special facility worth visiting here. It was a monastery.

However, according to the legal requirements, it was not possible to construct an architectural building. Instead, it was decided to build a structure as like an artistic work with space. In the case of an artistic structure with space, it was needless to equip the structure with measures indispensable for living such as insulation and protecting from extreme weather of outside. Instead, it was possible to concentrate on the essence of the space of the structure.

▼项目鸟瞰,aerial view © IROJE Architects & Planners


The structure should be long if it can run along the three connected ponds. This concept may lead to an idea of a monastery lying down. As such, the interior space of the long Corten steel box was divided for an imagined arrangement of such places as a chapel, refectory, chapter room, and dormitory. The facility is made to look like an organism with its height changing according to the terrain.

▼建筑近景,close view © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼一个由耐候钢制箱子构成的漫长体量,interior space of the long Corten steel box © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼入口平台,the deck © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼礼拜堂圣坛,the altar of the chapel © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼另一端的圣坛,the altar on the other end of the building © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼礼拜堂座位,chapel seating © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼带圆形天窗的楼梯,the stairwell with small round skylights © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼光线充足的内部空间,internal space bathed in the warm natural light © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼从楼梯间望向平台,view towards the deck from the stair well © IROJE Architects & Planners


The tower on the side of the structure is the bathroom, where small wind-chimes are hung so that visitors can feel that they are in a temple, at the bell sound, in the middle of the mountains. If people take some time to lean on this facility just for a while and look at the water in the pond, they will feel how beautiful the world is.

▼从塔楼望向建筑,view from the bell tower © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼保留的树木,the preserved tree © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼冬景,internal space in winter © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼冬季鸟瞰,aerial view in winter © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼平面图,plan © IROJE Architects & Planners

▼剖面图,section © IROJE Architects & Planners

灯光设计:New Lite

Completed in 2019
Bldg. area: 130㎡
Structural engineer: The Naeun Structural Eng.
Lighting design: New Lite
Contractor: YoungJo Construction Co.

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