Koreas – Jac Studios’ Yumin Art Nouveau Collection has been crowned World Interior of the Year 2018 at the INSIDE – World Festival of Interiors 2018, which run during the World Architecture Festival. The Danish firm injected Nordic influences in Tadao Ando’s GENIUS LOCI building located off the coast of the South Korean Peninsula.
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“Tadao Ando provided a magnificent setting for the exhibition.” Explains Johan Carlsson of Jac Studios. “The Yumin Art Nouveau Collection dialogues with the Japanese master’s architecture using glass as the principle material to transform the interior and welcome areas.”
The exhibition features glass work produced in the Art Nouveau movement between 1870 and 1940 by the French artist Émile Gallé as well as work by the brothers Daum. The spaces were developed in collaboration with experts from the Chambre Nationale des Experts Specialises.
A close dialogue between the artefacts displayed and the visitor is encouraged through “the meditative atmosphere within the galleries, where visitors are at times invited to sit and gaze at the pieces at low level on a tatami mat”.
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Located on Phoenix Island, Tadao Ando’s GENIUS LOCI building is dominated by the volcano Hallasan and frames this ever-present view. The dialogue between this powerful landscape and the exposed concrete architecture creates an elegant yet sombre setting for a permanent exhibition of delicate Art Nouveau glass.
The design is sensitive to the existing building through careful interventions that work in strong contrast with the materiality and colour of the original design. The interior design responds to the dramatic setting of the volcanic island of Jeju with emphasis on framing the artefacts, just like how the building frames the landscape.
The introduction to the exhibition already begins during the approach to the museum. The signage on the facade reflects the horizon of the sea and with each hour the patterns and colours on the facade change with the weather, each day is unique.
All photos by Yoonsung Choi + Jeongyoun Hong + Mathias Kromann Rode – Courtesy of World Architecture Festival.