After eight years of construction work at the top of a mountain in South Korea’s Daegwallyeong Range, the latest project from Tadao Ando – and one of the Japanese’s architect’s most spectacular yet – has opened in the form of the Hansol Museum. Constructed in similar circumstances to Ando’s critically acclaimed Benesse Art Site on the Japanese island of Naoshima (the Hansol Museum is privately funded by the Hansol Group, a Korean paper and chemical company) the new museum also shares Benesse’s temple-like atmosphere created by a fusion of architecture, art and nature. Locally mined sedimentary rock is used on much of the exterior, giving a sense of place, while elsewhere Ando employs his signature use of soaring walls of concrete and serene reflecting pools.

Built to house the collection of Hansol Group founder Lee In-Hee, the museum includes a permanent gallery dedicated to the history of paper (from Egyptian papyrus to the use of paper in contemporary art), as well as a series of spaces for temporary shows of Lee’s vast holdings of modern and contemporary Korean art (included in the current display are works by Park Seobo, Kim Tschang-Yuel and Lee Ufan).

But it is outside where Ando’s vision for buildings architecture around art is revealed fully. Before visitors even enter the galleries they must first enter the Flower Garden, where Mark di Suvero’s’s 1995 sculpture For Gerald Manley Hopkins is surrounded by a meadow of flowers in the same vibrant red hue. In the Water Garden, an Alexander Liberman work arches over a walkway that leads to the museum’s entrance. And in the park-sized Stone Garden, pieces by Henry Moore and George Segal are dotted amongst looming mounds of rocks.

Yet the piece de resistance of the Hansol Musuem is to be found underground, where four James Turrell works – Ganzfeld, Horizon, Skyspace and Wedgework – can be experienced. Adding light installations into the Hansol Museum’s mix of art, architecture and nature makes for a new dimension in Ando’s work and yet another iconic piece of architecture.