Chungnam Art Museum Building, UNStudio South Korea architecture images, Loos van Vliet landscape

Chungnam Art Museum Building by UNStudio, Korea

19 Jul 2021

Design: UNStudio with DA Group

Location: South Korea

Chungnam Art Museum building by UNStudio

Visualisations: Bloomimages

Chungnam Art Museum Building

Monday 19th of July 2021 – UNStudio, in collaboration with DA Group, were this morning selected in a live presentation as the winners of the competition for the Chungnam Art Museum in South Korea.

In a nail-biting online jury deliberation this morning, UNStudio and DA Group’s proposal for the Chungnam Art Museum was selected as the overall winning design.

Chungnam Art Museum building by UNStudio

The initial proposals (by UNStudio, BIG, Steven Holl, Snohetta, Grafton and ALA) were first whittled down to three, then two finalists, before the winning design was finally announced.

The winning consortium comprises design partners UNStudio and DA Group, Squint/Opera (digital content and exhibition design), Loos van Vliet (landscape design) and UNSense (community content).

Chungnam Art Museum building by UNStudio

A fully immersive cultural and sustainable hub

UNStudio and DA Group’s design for the Chungnam Art Museum goes far beyond a traditional art museum. It is a fully immersive cultural and social experience for the whole community; a living, breathing space that will grow and change over time. The museum is designed as a place of inspiration, participation and contribution – to both art and the community. It also aims to become one of the first Zero-Energy museums in Korea.

Chungnam Art Museum building by UNStudio

The Chungnam Art Museum will provide a new form of interactive engagement between art and the public. It does this by turning the museum inside out, bringing in the city and community of Chungnam to create a diverse and vibrant cultural experience. For the future of the museum, we see the opportunity to create vibrant and interactive spaces through which art and technology can be experienced in new ways.

The Chungnam Art Museum will be a marketplace for culture that embraces flexibility and the concept of ‘art for all’. It will ultimately be a place for the community, now and for the future.

Ben van Berkel: “Art has the power to bring people together. It inspires, it teaches and it fosters communities. The Chungnam Art Museum will be a place for people to experience this…and much more.”

Chungnam Art Museum Building, UNStudio South Korea

Two ‘Big Details’

The design for this smart art museum looks at new ways in which we can experience and share stories about art and design – both physically and digitally, and the architecture has to support this experience.

For this reason we have incorporated two big, defining details into the design: a plateaued central courtyard and the Cultural Boulevard. These two ‘big details’ are crucial for creating communication spaces, as well as to the wayfinding, as they enable people to be guided on a continuous experience of space and art from multiple routes and angles.

Chungnam Art Museum Building, UNStudio South Korea

The Cultural Boulevard is the central wayfinding element, as it combines the outside with the inside and provides links throughout the site, seamlessly blending art, culture and commerce.

From outside, the Cultural Boulevard connects the cultural plots with one another, and weaves the main access routes through the building and into the central courtyard. From here, plateaus also reach into the courtyard, offering multiple perceptions of the space.

The continuity of the Cultural Boulevard to the Arts Centre and the Library also activates the common functions. This is then balanced through the connection to the landscape and to the mountains behind.

Chungnam Art Museum Building, UNStudio South Korea

Chungnam Art Museum Design, South Korea – Building Information


UNStudio team: Ben van Berkel, Astrid Piber with Sontaya Bluangtook, Marc Salemink and Heeyoun Kim, Hyoseon Park, Alba Pelaez, Andrii Kniaz

Design Partners: UNStudio and DA Group
Digital Content and Exhibition Design: Squint/Opera
Landscape design: Loos van Vliet
Community Content: UNSense

Visualisations: Bloomimages
Animations: Morean

Chungnam Art Museum Building in South Korea images / information received 190721 from UNStudio Architects

Location: Chungnam, South Korea, East Asia

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