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Designed by Samoo in collaboration with Kunwon & ABLine, the new cultural facility is designed to be fully integrated into the surrounding natures and exhibit historical records of Korea’s presidents. Based on the government’s masterplan to create a new administrative city approximately 130km south of Seoul, the Presidential Archive was developed as one of the most prominent infrastructure for the new Sejong city.

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The cubical form of the main building was inspired by the box which holds the great seal used by presidents when signing official administrative and diplomatic documents. The two main materials of the box, brass and wood were reinterpreted respectively into stone and glass.

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Designed as a box inside a box, the solid inner wall reduces thermal conductivity while the exterior layer provides additional energy efficiencies. The transparent exterior layer of the cube operates as a vertical cool-tube system that cools the building during the summer while enabling natural ventilation during spring and autumn. The unique façade also reflects the surrounding during the day and lights-up as a prominent landmark during the night.

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As one of the main infrastructures to the Sejong city, the Presidential Archive is located strategically adjacent to the Sejong Lake forming a cultural axis which also converges with the natural green axis of the central park. Because of the unique location, the facility will not only be easily visible but also act as the hub for the community of Sejong city.

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In order to create a user-friendly facility, careful considerations have been given to the landscape design as well. Parts of the building have been raised as a green-roof which is connected to the surroundings and more than 50% of the site is fully covered in landscape. And by extending the circulation paths of the building into these areas, many of the landscapes serve as additional outdoor event locations.

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As a sustainable building that utilizes innovative design, cool-tube systems and natural lighting was utilized while heat-loss have been minimized. The green-roof created on the gently sloping podium also aids in sustainability by reducing heat loads. BIPV and PV panels have been installed throughout the exterior of the building to realize a truly sustainable building. With innovative design and sustainable strategies, the construction of the facility have been recently completed and is currently in preparation of the exhibition contents for official opening.

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Site Plan

Architects : Samoo Architects & Engineers Location : Yeongi-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea Collaborators : Kunwon Architects, Planners & Engineers, ABLine Architects Area : 31219.0 sqm Project Year : 2015 Photographs : Young Chae Park

Samoo Architects

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Architecture in korea: located in sinseol-dong, a neighborhood in seoul, this hanok has been upgraded by CoRe architects with the addition of a vertical extension. the contemporary wing resulted from the difficulty of extending the traditional wooden structure, making it weaker while the team was doing the remodeling. in order not to get in the way of the hanok, a steel frame was adapted to, making the new volume float above the previous house. this assured the hanok could be preserved as much as possible.

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existing hanok before setting the project

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a patio was generated in front of the book cafe

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exploded diagram

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The project by CoRe architects repaired the old hanok and reinforced it with a new volume, achieving the coexistence of these two structures. the resulting shape of the new extension is in balance with the traditional architecture, respecting it. the seven steel-columns on the ground separate it from the hanok. the cantilevered structure uses both horizontal and inclined beams, that creates a tension between the old and new. the building houses both offices and a book cafe, and its all complemented by an indoor patio that resulted from the intervention.



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floor plan

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book cafe on the ground floor plan

project information: architects: core architects (zongxoo u, vin kim, youngrae choi, aran cho, heera kang) location: 96-36, sinseol-dong, dongdaemun-gu, seoul, korea project: commercial facilities area: 99.9㎡ total floor area: 149.41㎡ building-to-land ratio: 66.69% floor area ratio: 99.74% stories: 2 stories (existing one-story) structure: korean traditional wooden structure + steel framework constructor: jehyo client: taejin international. photographs: yongkwan kim

CoRe architects

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The new headquarters for Amorepacific, Korea’s largest beauty company, is located in the centre of Seoul at a site which has been occupied by the company since 1956. The site is situated next to a former US military zone that is being transformed into the spacious public Yongsan Park and a business district, which is part of a masterplan representing the largest high-rise development in Korea that will substantially alter the urban fabric of the Yongsan district.

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The form of the building is both abstract and gestural. Focusing on a single, clear volume, the proportions of the building have been carefully developed around a central courtyard to maximize the effectiveness of natural ventilation and daylight.

Three large urban openings connect this central void with the exterior surroundings, providing both dramatic views over the city and the mountains in the distance. As ‘hanging gardens’, these openings give scale and allow nature to extend from the adjacent park into all parts of the building.

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The design elaborates the social, cultural and professional ambitions of the company, combining the workplace with other communal activities. The building offers itself to the city by being elevated above its public entrance platform, creating a generous, public atrium entrance hall.

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The courtyard situated above represents the communal centre of the company workplace, with the elevated gardens providing recreational space for those who use the building. A rich mixture of public amenities around the atrium, such as a museum, auditorium, library, restaurants and childcare facilities, ensure that the building is not only an efficient headquarters, but also the public face of a vital company, embedded in the growing metropolis of Seoul.

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'Rooftop solar panels' of the new headquarters

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The façades with their diaphanous brise-soleil cladding not only facilitate the environmental performance of the building by providing shading and reducing heat load, but also give the building a coherent and solid yet at the same time open and light form. Metaphorically, the new building echoes the aspirations of a modern organisation, mediating between local and global, private and public, collective and individual, formal and informal, and in doing so establishing its dynamic identity.

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Date: 2010-2017 Gross floor area: 216,000 m² Client: Amorepacific Corporation Architect: David Chipperfield Architects Berlin Partner: David Chipperfield, Christoph Felger (Design lead), Harald Müller Project architect: Hans Krause Contact architect: HAEAHN Architecture, KESSON Site supervision: Kunwon Engineeing Co. Ltd. General contractor: Hyundai Engineering & Construction Design engineers: Arup Deutschland GmbH Landscape architect: SeoAhn

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Architect: David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield studied at Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association in London. After graduating he worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. He established David Chipperfield Architects in 1985 in London and opened further practices in Berlin, Milan and Shanghai.

David Chipperfield has taught and lectured worldwide. He has been Professor of Architecture at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, and Visiting Professor at several schools of architecture in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In 2009 David Chipperfield was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 2010 he was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2012 David Chipperfield was Curator of the 13th International Archi-tecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

David Chipperfield







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