Korean Cultural Center

The project is a new home for the Korean Cultural Service, located on East 32nd Street in Midtown Manhattan. The eight-story, 33,000 square foot facility will house administration offices, exhibit space, gardens, artists studios, a library, a cafe and a 200-seat theater for events, lectures and performances.


A multi-layered glass facade creates a screen wall that illuminates three sculptural figures within--composed of polished cermaic, rough terracotta, and milled wood--representing Heaven, Earth and Humanity. The iconic figures embrace the building’s three distinct zones: soaring public spaces, semi-public lecture rooms, and private adminstrative offices and artist studio.



Location New York, New York, USA
Architect Samoo Architects
Client Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of the Republic of Korea
Type Museums + Cultural Institutions
size33,000 ft2 / 3,100 m2
Status In Progress

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leader Carlina Geraci
Project Team Jessica Tchah Joy Younan Billy Wong