From its mountainside perch overlooking Seoul, the Samsung Museum of Art Complex boasts museums by three of the world’s most sought-after architects: Rem Koolhaas, Jean Nouvel and Mario Botta. Uniting these remarkable yet divergent works is an elegant, understated landscape. Complementing rather than competing with its muscular surroundings, the landscape is designed to provide the visitor with a rich visual palette. A visitor might rest on the long seat occupying the central platform; pause to admire the views from a series of terraced platforms leading down the slope; or enjoy the native plantings of azaleas, pine trees, and densely-planted birch trees.
A directional paving pattern, identity graphics, and LED art installations help guide movement through the site. This dynamic, architectural landscape takes full advantage of its extraordinary setting, mediating between the fixed structures of the buildings and artworks and the sensory surprises of the urban garden in constant flux.