Art Center Incheon is a global culture and art center located in 222, Art Center-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon. In 2019, it was selected as the runner-up at the Incheon Metropolitan City Architecture Awards.
In line with Incheon Metropolitan City’s aspiration to become an economic and cultural hub of Northeast Asia, Art Center Incheon was built by POSCO E&C and donated by New Songdo International City Development (NSIC) LLC. With its unique exterior and the lake view, Art Center Incheon will become Songdo International City’s landmark.
The construction of this building, which began on June 1, 2009, took as much as eight and a half years after much meandering. Following completion in December 2017, the Art Center was opened on November 16, 2018. At the opening ceremony, Pianist Cho Seong-jin, the first Korean to win the 17th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition, staged a special performance. The performance by Cho added the significance to this event, increasing harmony between the local community and an enterprise. Designed under the concepts of the “Gestures of an Orchestra Conductor” and “Memory of Nature,” Art Center Incheon was constructed as a color-exposed concrete building, which is rarely found in Korea. From the opposite side, it looks like a gigantic rock with “gestures of a conductor” conducting the sea.
The interior of the concert hall, which was designed with inspiration from the seashells, features an experimentally curved ceiling and a world-class acrostic system. Musicians who have performed in this hall highly praised it as a “concert hall where the sound is most successfully delivered to the audience without distortion.”