New pavilions for South Korean tea museum

South Korea’s Mass Studies has designed the trio of new buildings for the country’s O’Sulloc Tea Museum, as the Seogwang Dawon plantation on Jeju Island

The exhibition centre is dedicated to the history of Korea’s traditional tea culture, and the new buildings are along a pathway winding through the surrounding green tea fields.

Two are positioned on either side of a gotjawal – the Korean term for woodland on rocky ground – so that they face one another through the trees.

The first pavilion, named Tea Stone, is a two-storey concrete building that accommodates new exhibition spaces and a classroom where visitors can watch and participate in tea ceremonies.

Positioned close to the existing museum, the building has a polished dark concrete exterior that the architects compare to “a black ink-stone”.