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ArchiPlan Wins Competition to Design Kim Tschang-Yeul Art Museum

ArchiPlan Wins Competition to Design Kim Tschang-Yeul Art Museum
ArchiPlan Wins Competition to Design Kim Tschang-Yeul Art Museum, © ArchiPlan
© ArchiPlan

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. Planned for 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
  • 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

  • Photographs

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 . <>
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feelazat · June 21, 2015

Wei Zhao deserves to blame. He still regards China's idea as 華夷思想.

卯十山 · December 01, 2016 11:20 PM

I dont think that is 華夷思想,more like stupid nationalism, very modern concept. Based on a traditional confucianism view, it is very open to welcome more people to share its values and cultures, there is no clear boundary between nations, and the definition of 華 is also not based on blood. But now these stupid nationalists dominate the country, and most of them don't really know what the traditions are, though they declaring they are proud of them. Their moron sentences are destroying their ancestor's historical appearance.

hankim · March 24, 2014

Dear Wei Zhao, Please introduce your design so that I can see if you never use any of 'western modern/contemporary architectural language'.

Kirsten · March 04, 2014

If you-Wei Zhao- blame using Chinese toward any other countries based on Chinese, it would be the same that ignoring others' histories and cultures as well. How dare you are.

donnygaucho · February 26, 2014

what about Oream?

Wei Zhao · February 26, 2014

Stop using Chinese, or phrasing Chinese philosophy in a Korean design.

卯十山 · December 01, 2016 11:27 PM

What a moron, you even cannot have a drawing and calligraphy art like Mr. Park. If you are a Chinese, I think you know nothing about your ancestor's culture, Shame on you.

Helen Hyon · March 03, 2014 11:21 PM

How are you offended/annoyed by this? Isn't that just being blatantly ignorant..?


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