Amorepacific Headquarters Seoul, Korean Office Building Design, Architecture Images
Amorepacific Headquarters Seoul Building
Head Office Building Development in South Korea – design by David Chipperfield Architects
Updated 13 Mar 2020 + 18 Jun 2018
Amorepacific Headquarters Seoul Building by David Chipperfield Architects
Architects: David Chipperfield Architects
Location: Seoul, Korea
In collaboration with David Chipperfield Architects, UniFor has developed a new product for AmorePacific’s new Headquarters in Seoul: DCA Partition System.
This modular, double-height partition system, created especially for AmorePacific and subsequently added to UniFor’s collection of series products, was designed to separate meeting rooms, executive offices, work areas, and related services in an elegant and functional manner, as well as to delimit specific functions in the public areas.
AmorePacific is Korea’s largest cosmetics company.
The building of the new HQ, entirely designed by David Chipperfield Architects, presents itself in the cityscape as an enormous cube. Laid out on 30 floors for a total of 216,000 square meters, it hosts, in addition to offices, a variety of public spaces, including an auditorium, a museum (the AMOREPACIFIC Museum of Art), a library, spaces for children, and cafés and restaurants.
The project received the AIA UK Award and the Korean Architecture Award in 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
“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
“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 Building images / information received 150618 from David Chipperfield Architects
AmorePacific Headquarters Seoul Interior by Kinzo – posted 7 Sep 2019
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