The Chungnam Art Museum in South-Korea goes far beyond a traditional art museum. It is going to be a cultural and social experience for the whole community. It will be a place of inspiration where visitors can participate in and contribute to art. It will also aim to become one of the first Zero-Energy museums in Korea. UNStudio is the architect of this special project, LOOSvanVLIET created the landscape design of its surroundings.
The museum will be located on the edge between the new city and the Yongbongsan Forests. This location gives an opportunity to create a unique landscape design in which two contrasting zones will mingle. The area around the museum will have a different character at the city side than at the mountain side. The building volume will ‘float’ above the continuous landscape and the park will become an inseparable part of its surrounding landscape.
Our inspiration for the landscape design comes from the art works of local artists. The atmosphere of the landscape in their work is relaxed and calm. We proposed evergreen pines and autumn-coloured maples. These trees will allow the landscape design to blend into the surrounding area. Furthermore, the natural character of the park is ensured by ornamental grasses. They are a picturesque element in the landscape. Due to their soft structure they are easily moved by the wind. They also change in appearance during different seasons.
The museum is not closed behind the facade. Museum activities and exhibition functions take place in the public space around the museum. The park is an extension of the museum with its amphitheatre, water mirror and interactive solar lighting. The building and its landscape become one big exhibition area.