SAMOO Architecture has won a competition to design New York’s Korea Centre in the US.

The eight-storey facility will offer spaces for exhibitions, performances, lectures and administration in the 3,065m² area.

The scheme features a multilayered glass façade, which creates a screen wall that illuminates three sculptural figures made of polished ceramic, rough terracotta and milled wood symbolically representing heaven, earth and humanity.

An open frame behind the glass façade offers a canvas for display panels, which will offer a changing visual from the outside.

The street level of the Korea Centre will offer exhibits related to current popular trends in Korean culture – a phenomenon known as the ‘Korean wave’.

The facility is expected to serve as a international gateway to Korean culture, travel and events.

Construction is expected to begin at the end of 2010.

SAMOO Architecture PC is the New York studio of SAMOO Architects and Engineers of Seoul, Korea.