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ArchiPlan Wins Competition to Design Kim Tschang-Yeul Art Museum

ArchiPlan has won first prize in an international competition for a contemporary art museum designed solely for the work of Korean painter Kim Tschang-Yeul. Slated for completion in 2015 on the volcanic Jeju Island, a province in South Korea, the single-story museum is designed to be the physical manifestation of Kim’s philosophy regarding the water drop.

“We spent a long time understanding [Kim] - understanding his life, intention and his philosophy,” described the architects. “It is necessary to transform his philosophy into a constructed architectural space.” 

© ArchiPlan
© ArchiPlan


“While many marveled at the substance of the water drops set against canvas, only a few are able to recognize the water drop as merely a medium by which to reveal the surface. As the water drop reveals the surface as a medium, this museum also becomes a medium and abstracts the idea of returning to the mother earth.” 

Courtyard. Image © ArchiPlan
Courtyard. Image © ArchiPlan

Light and Shadow

“Kim’s water drop exists through light and shadow. The water drop becomes the ‘giver,’ origin, and the void of the light and the darkness at the same time. The darkness is empty, though, it’s full of potentials for life. The courtyard of Light at the center of the museum is the most symbolic space, where the light constantly appears and disappears through an ambiguous boundary.

“The act of painting water drops is to dissolve everything inside them and return them to a state of nothing. When everything like anger, anxiety and fear is brought to the point of nothing, we experience a state of peace and comfort.” - Kim Tschang-Yeu

Plan. Image © ArchiPlan
Plan. Image © ArchiPlan
  • Competition: Kim Tschang Yeul Museum Competition
  • Award: First Place
  • Architects: Archiplan
  • Location: Jeju-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Jae seung Hong, Tae hoon O
  • Design Team: Il kwon Park, Soo yeon Choi, Ju yeon Park, Seol i Kim, Young woo Cho, Hun young Lee
  • Client: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province (Cultural Policy Division)
  • Area: 1900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: ArchiPlan

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite:Karissa Rosenfield. "ArchiPlan Wins Competition to Design Kim Tschang-Yeul Art Museum" 25 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>