Shinsegae Tower in Seoul

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Shinsegae Tower in Seoul

Mixed-Use Office and Business Building in Korea – design by Olson Kundig Architects

Mar 21, 2018

Shinsegae Tower Building News

Design: Olson Kundig Architects

Location: Seoul, Korea

The Seattle-based architectural firm Olson Kundig is delighted to announce that Shinsegae International, located in Seoul, South Korea, designed by Principal and Owner Tom Kundig, has won the inaugural WAN Tall Buildings Award 2017.

Shinsegae Tower
photo © Kyungsub Shin

Each year, the World Architecture News Awards (WAN Awards) receives entries from practices all around the world in 25 categories ranging from Adaptive Reuse to Performing Spaces. Whether recently completed or concept schemes, entries are judged by a top-level international jury panel of architects, developers, clients, leading designers and more.

Shinsegae Tower
photo © Kyungsub Shin

This year’s WAN Awards jury, chosen for their expertise in this area, were: Firas Hnoosh, Principal and Design Director of Architecture at Perkins+Will’s Dubai Office, James Parakh, Architect & Urban Design Manager at the City Planning Division City of Toronto, Robin Partington, Managing Partner at Robin Partington & Partners and Ken Shuttleworth, Founder of Make Architects.

Shinsegae Tower
photo © Kyungsub Shin

Upon announcing Shinsegae International as the winner of the WAN Tall Buildings Award, juror James Parakh noted, “While simplistic in form, this project gains complexity as one gets closer to the building, where the intricacies of the movable facades become apparent. While its exterior may seem inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s New York, Chicago and Toronto classics, a deeper study of the façade reveals an ornamentation that is inspired by the corporation it is built for and the fashion industry. This level of ornamentation is reminiscent of the Chrysler Building’s radiator hubcaps which adorn this classic art deco masterpiece. The blend of these two concepts makes this building noteworthy.”

The project has previously won The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Awards, American Architecture Award; AIA Northwest and Pacific Region, Honor Award; Architizer A+ Awards, Jury Winner, Commercial: Office – Mid Rise (5-15 Floors); CTBUH: Best Tall Building Awards, Finalist, Best Tall Building Asia & Australia; and AIA Seattle Honor Awards, Honor Awards.

Apr 7, 2017
Shinsegae Tower Building is an American Architecture Awards Winner in 2017

Shinsegae Tower Building wins an American Architecture Award

One of seventy-nine shortlisted buildings that have won the prestigious 2017 American Architecture Awards ® for the best new buildings designed and constructed by American architects in the U.S. and abroad and by international architects for buildings designed and built in the United States.

16 Mar 2017

Shinsegae Tower Building

Design: Olson Kundig Architects, USA

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Shinsegae Tower

Shinsegae Tower
photo © Kevin Scott

In designing a new fifteen-story headquarters for international luxury clothier Shinsegae International, Olson Kundig sought to create an iconic landmark in the heart of Gangnam-gu, one of Seoul’s largest districts. Completed in 2015, the building unites more than five hundred Shinsegae employees, who were previously spread between several buildings throughout the city.

Shinsegae Tower
photo © Kyungsub Shin

The program includes staff offices and meeting spaces, design studios, a rooftop garden and sculpture park, and ground-level retail and restaurant space that face onto a public plaza. Secure zoned entry provides public building access from the street and controlled private access for corporate officers and VIP guests via a side entry.

Shinsegae Tower Shinsegae Tower
photos © Kyungsub Shin

The high-performance custom-designed façade is a direct response to the client’s desire for a corporate flagship that departs from the traditional look-and-feel of modern commercial buildings. Designed to meet Korea’s progressive energy codes, which are more rigorous that the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® standards, the building’s skin incorporates a range of technologies that reduce heat gain while optimizing thermal comfort and maximizing natural daylight all year round. Each component of the gridded facade contributes to the structural fidelity of the building as much as its unique aesthetic, which evokes a sense of woven material or tapestry—a nod to the fashion industry.

Shinsegae Tower
photos © Kyungsub Shin

This sense of movement and materiality is particularly evident within the first four floors of the building where seven custom eight-foot-diameter steel wheels open and close 35 foot-tall external panels to modulate daylight. The dynamic ethos of the fashion world is captured in these kinetic components, which can move, morph and change throughout the course of the day; each time the panels are engaged, the building’s presence is altered anew.

Shinsegae Tower
photo © Kyungsub Shin

Shinsegae Tower
photo © Kevin Scott

Shinsegae Tower
photo © Kyungsub Shin

Shinsegae Tower
photo © Kyungsub Shin

A well facilitated design and engineering process—which included early prototyping and testing by the project team in the Pacific Northwest—combined with a close collaboration with the local architect, engineers and contractor in Seoul, contributed to this successful project whose urban site came with extremely tight contextual logistics.

Shinsegae Tower Shinsegae Tower

Shinsegae Tower Shinsegae Tower
photos © Kyungsub Shin

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