We are excited to unveil the new design for the Korean American National Museum created by renowned Los Angeles-based Morphosis Architects. Groundbreaking is expected in the Fall of 2020. Museum’s future location is right in the heart of LA’s Koreatown, near the intersection of Sixth St. and Vermont Ave. As the epicenter of the Korean American immigrant story, this location for the Museum’s permanent site holds great significance for past and future generations.


The overall design concept for the two-story building is based on the idea of a lifted, displaced landscape - a piece of Korea grafted on to Los Angeles - containing the museum within. A sculptural roof garden and terrace crowns the building with plants iconic to the Korean landscape, including maple, pine, and bamboo. Beneath the roof garden, the museum follows the classic courtyard plan of the traditional Korean Hanok, circling a central open space with a fluid, interconnected ring of galleries, meeting rooms, and offices. The museum's street presence is defined by greenery and a pattered facade featuring a traditional Korean motif. The building will also incorporate below-ground parking for the general public and museum visitors.

Los Angeles-based Morphosis Architects is designing the project, led by a team of predominately Korean and Korean-American architects and designers under the direction of Morphosis founder Thom Mayne and Eui-Sung Yi, a partner at the firm and Project Principal for the Korean American National Museum.

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