Amorepacific Headquarters Seoul Building

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Amorepacific Headquarters Seoul Building

Head Office Building Development in South Korea – design by David Chipperfield Architects

18 Jun 2018

Amorepacific Headquarters Seoul Building

Architects: David Chipperfield Architects

Location: Seoul, Korea

Completion of Amorepacific headquarters, Seoul, South Korea

Following eight years of design and construction, the completion of the new headquarters for Amorepacific, the largest Korean beauty company, was marked on 15 June with an official ceremony in Seoul, South Korea.

Amorepacific headquarters, Seoul, South Korea
photo © David Chipperfield Architects

The new building is situated in the district of Yongsan-gu, between the site of a spacious public park currently under development, and a business district of high-rise towers.

Amorepacific headquarters, Seoul, South Korea
photo © David Chipperfield Architects

The cube-shaped volume contains a total of 30 floors and a gross floor area of 216,000 square metres. A central inner courtyard and three large openings in the façade, each containing a garden, break up the compact form, making the building permeable to the city and allowing air and daylight to filter into its depths.

Amorepacific headquarters, Seoul, South Korea
photo © David Chipperfield Architects

From the very start, the design for the new headquarters building was driven by the notion that the quality of our cities does not depend on individual buildings alone, but on the contribution they make to the common and social space of the city. The completed building combines under one roof an efficient company headquarters together with diverse public facilities, including a museum, a large auditorium, a library, a childcare facility as well as restaurants, bars and cafés – providing significant new spaces for the citizens of the growing metropolitan city of Seoul.

Amorepacific headquarters, Seoul, South Korea
photo © Laurian Ghinitoiu

“It is more than an office” states David Chipperfield, Partner and founder of David Chipperfield Architects. “The building suggests generosity of spirit to the people who work here and the citizens. It is something that mediates between the company and the city. It shows how a company can participate in the larger community.”

Amorepacific headquarters, Seoul, South Korea
photo © Noshe

These social and cultural values also determined the architectural form. A tower solution was rejected in favour of a cube of approximately 100 m in width and height. The large footprint created by this form resolutely provides more options for communal activities through greater engagement with the street level.

Amorepacific headquarters, Seoul, South Korea
photo © Noshe

All architectural, structural and technical concepts for the building stem from a broad and holistic approach towards sustainability. The design is inspired by Korean traditions as well as local expertise that has been developed over centuries in terms of climate, resources and craftsmanship. The external layer of the façade made of light aluminium fins not only facilitates the environmental performance, but also gives the building a solid yet at the same time open and light form.

Amorepacific headquarters, Seoul, South Korea
photo © Noshe

“The concept of a high-rise courtyard building – offering a silhouette and more importantly a place to be – takes reference from Korea’s rich and versatile architectural heritage” says Christoph Felger, Partner and Design director of David Chipperfield Architects Berlin. “The spatial and social adaptation of this cultural knowledge ensures that the building provides more than a company workplace, but rather a public destination for all, bridging the past with the present and thereby establishing an identity that is rooted in its time, place and history.”

Amorepacific headquarters, Seoul, South Korea
photo © Noshe

“Despite of all our international experience, bridging into other cultural areas never ceases to inspire and enhance our work.”
Harald Müller, Partner and Managing director

Amorepacific Headquarters Seoul Building
photo © Noshe

“In this project from the start we had a holistic approach in mind – the complex particularities of urban and architectural idea, landscaping, engineering solutions and interiors are all informing each other.”
Hans Krause, Associate and Project architect

Amorepacific headquarters, Seoul, South Korea Amorepacific headquarters, Seoul, South Korea
photos © Noshe

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