Beauty on the inside and out
Korea's biggest beauty company has opened its new headquarters in the heart of Seoul - providing an innovative building incorporating openings which allow employees to connect with nature and the building's exterior surroundings.
Amorepacific's building, designed by Berlin’s David Chipperfield Architects, was completed last year. SeoAhn were the landscape architects.
Three facades of the cube-shaped structure include voids which open up to the surrounding city, with glass balustrades providing uninterrupted views of the skyline and mountains in the distance. These voids create ‘hanging gardens,’ as they are filled with trees, plants and shallow pools of water, giving recreational space to those who use the building.
The trees used are identical to those surrounding the building, both adding a sense of bringing the outside in, and linking the design aesthetically.
The headquarters are also developed around a central courtyard in order to maximise light and ventilation.
The architects say Amorepacific has occupied the site since the '50s. It's next to a former US military zone which is being turned into a public park and business district - part of a masterplan which is substantially changing the district.
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
Executive architect: HAEAHN Architecture, KESSON
Site supervision: Kunwon Engineeing Co. Ltd.
General contractor: Hyundai Engineering & Construction
Design engineers: Arup Deutschland GmbH
Signage: L2M3 communication design
Landscape architect: SeoAhn