kubota & bachmann architects: swiss embassy proposal for seoul kubota & bachmann architects: swiss embassy proposal for seoul
dec 05, 2012

kubota & bachmann architects: swiss embassy proposal for seoul

‘the swiss hamlet’ by kubota & bachmann architects, seoul, koreaall images courtesy of kubota & bachmann architects

 

 

the ‘swiss hamlet’ proposal for the national embassy in seoul, korea by kubota & bachmann architects envisions itself as a collection of buildings and courtyards enclosed with a perimeter wall of vegetated screens. reduced to the scale of residential homes, the small structures are topped with roofs with overhanging eaves to shelter the outdoor areas between the footprints from weather. two axes divide the private quarters of the ambassador’s dwelling from the diplomatic functions. an east west axis receives guests for receptions with a passage through a garden setting that becomes more and more serene as they distance from the entrance. a central zone acts as a gathering space and reception for dignitaries view a beautiful view. towards the southern end of the site, the residence is found beyond the undulating landscape. cobblestone paths wind through moss, trees and a pond, producing a rhythm through the garden as well as an identity for the embassy.

 

the chancellory projects a simple and bold presence with wooden louvers to shield from sunlight and unwanted views. visitors inside the structure haveunobstructed vistas to the orchestrated scenery. a public and consular zone on the ground level are screened with horizontal grills. the tribute to swiss wood construction finds a respectful place in korean culture.

 

 

collection of buildings and courtyards

 

 

courtyard

 

 

aerial view

 

 

site model

 

 

site model

 

 

model

 

 

model

 

 

model

 

 

model

 

 

site plan / phase 1

 

 

site plan / phase 2

 

 

floor plan / level 0

 

 

floor plan / level 1

 

 

floor plan / level -1

 

 

section

 

 

section

 

 

elevation

 

 

elevation

 

 

elevation

 

 

diagram

 

 

diagram

 

 

diagram

 

 

project info:

 

 

project name: new swiss embassy in seoulcity and country: seoul, south koreaclient: confederation (central federal administration)type of competition: open procedureprogram: new residence, chancellerysite area: 2 400 m2new residence: 450 m2chancellery: 570 m2competition: entry submission, september 2012result: (9th november 2012) competition entrydesigner: toshihiro kubota francisco martinez yves bachmannarchitect: kathrine kovalciklandscape architect: bassinet turquin paysageperspectives: jigenmodel: model&co polyrepro legal consultant marietta sanderink marie laubie

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    architecture news