richard meier's first korean project breaks ground
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jun 25, 2013
richard meier's first korean project breaks ground


richard meier architects’ first korean project breaks ground
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analogous to the topography, richard meier‘s  ‘hh resort and spa’ in gangneung — his first project in the south korea — grows out of the hillside with subtle curves and angles composing the lower levels and wellness center before becoming a geometric prism towering 15 stories over the east sea of korea. the winding ascent along gyeongpo lake is orchestrated with an array of supporting program such as an amphitheatre and exhibition hall, carved into the arboreal landscape. upon arrival, the main hotel rises before visitors, and a delicate bridge leads to the banquet hall, which frames the lower beach promenade. maintaining a dialogue with the land and seascape, terraces at each room open to the sea, mountains, or lake. in contrast to these natural forms, the buildings are composed of angular planes that morph in appearance as light and shadow play across the facade. tectonic layers of white and translucent materials allow interior spaces to be light and airy, while composing a prominent silhouette along the coastline.

 

 

 
at the summit of an island plateau, the resort’s texture contrasts the subtle curves of the greenery
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subtle curves and angles compose the hotel lobby, maintaining a direct reference to the site’s topography
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the traditional korean bath and spa known as ‘oncheon’ or ‘jim-jil-bangs’ is a prominent feature of the resort
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the design creates a dialogue with the local history and culture, such as black bamboo native to gangneung
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located in its own building, the banquet hall overlooks the south beach promenade
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the articulated tectonics frame the east sea of korea
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the prominent silhouette transforms with light, season, and perspective
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design team:

 

design principals:  richard meier, dukho yeon

project architects:  guillermo murcia, hyung sok moon

project architect/interiors:  vivian lee    

collaborators:  kevin baker, joe desense, aurora farewell, emi honda, katie kasabalis, robert kim, chris layda, seo joo lee, richard liu, diana lui, marianna mello, sharon oh, greg park, hans put, nathan petty, yuan yang teng, sang min yoo

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