KIST Meditation Pavilion

Construction Completed, 2016. 07

Seongbuk, Seoul, South Korea


Site Area:
30.25 sqm

Building Area:
13.32 sqm

Gross Floor Area:


Building scope:


KIST Meditation Pavilion is a transformative architecture that interprets a strategic exploration of materiality. Sculpted as a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology), the project attempts to tackle the challenge of constructing the building with only a single material that accentuates the very philosophy of innovation in science and technology. Structured at 3.65cm long by 3.65cm wide by 3.65cm high were four 8cm thick UHPC panels with 853 inscriptions of the most influential scientific inventors’ names. The panels were effectively customed and designed, given the easy workability of UHPC as material. The essential study of architectural engineering upon how the panels could support themselves despite the perforations from the carved letters becomes the key to realize the intended approach.



KIST Meditation Pavilion은 건축 재료에 대한 탐구에서 시작했다. 한국과학기술연구원(KIST) 창립 50주년을 기념하여 만들어진 이 파빌리온은 과학 기술의 혁신을 표현할 수 있도록 단일 재료만 사용했다.  길이 3.65cm, 폭 3.65cm, 높이 3.65cm의 파빌리온은 UHPC 패널 4개로 구성되어 있는데 853개의 가장 영향력 있는 과학 발명가 이름이 새겨져 있었다. UHPC는 일반적인 콘크리트와 달리 타공이 가능하다는 장점이 있다. 글자로 인해 많은 구멍이 생겼을 때 스스로 지탱해서 서있게 하기 위한 건축공학적 스터디가 필요했다.













1 –  “Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not.” –Galileo Galilei

2 –  “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”  – Isaac Newton

3 –  “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

4 –  “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” –Stephen Hawking

5 –  “Nothing is more active than thought, for it travels over the universe, and nothing is stronger than a necessity for all must submit to it.” –Thales

6 –  “Eureka!” – Archimedes

7 –  “Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature.” –Leonardo da Vinci



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