david chipperfield amorepacific headquarters apma seoul korea
construction is underway in korea at the site of cosmetics company amorepacific‘s seoul headquarters. designed by david chipperfield‘s berlin office, the structure will also contain APMA – the company’s own museum of art. located within the center of the city, the site lies in close proximity to a former US military zone, which will be transformed into a public park and international business district. hangangro avenue, a historically significant street that remains one of seoul’s main axes, borders to the north-west side of the building.

david chipperfield amorepacific headquarters apma seoul korea
three large openings in the structure’s massing bring a sense of nature into the design
image © david chipperfield architects (also main image)

 

 

envisioned as a singular clear volume, the structure’s carefully considered proportions are developed around a central courtyard that both illuminates and ventilates each storey. a central atrium provides an intimate space at the lower levels, while a raised stone plinth, mediating the existing topography, supports the idea of an open platform. the expressive façade features a second skin of fixed and differently sized aluminum fins randomly positioned in front of full-height glass panes that serves as brise-soleil.

david chipperfield amorepacific headquarters apma seoul korea
the external terraces offer views across the city
image © david chipperfield architects

 

 

three large openings in the structure’s massing provide not only a sense of nature, but also offer views over the city towards the region’s distant mountain ranges. in addition to offices for the company’s staff, public functions and programs include a museum, conference area, large auditorium, various restaurants and retail outlets spread across the lower levels of the plan.

 

taking three years to complete, the amorepacific headquarters are scheduled to open in 2017.

david chipperfield amorepacific headquarters apma seoul korea
a central atrium rises through the center of the design
image © david chipperfield architects

david chipperfield amorepacific headquarters apma seoul korea
the structure will also contain APMA – amorepacific’s museum of art
image © david chipperfield architects

david chipperfield amorepacific headquarters apma seoul korea
gallery space within the 187,000 square meter plan
image © david chipperfield architects

david chipperfield amorepacific headquarters apma seoul korea
aerial view of the site in central seoul
image courtesy of amorepacific

 

 


project info:

 

location: seoul, korea
project dates: 2010 – 2017
gross floor area: 187,000 sqm
client: amorepacific corporation
architect: david chipperfield architects, berlin
partners: christoph felger, harald müller
project architect: hans krause
landscape architect: seoahn
structural engineer: arup, CSSE
services engineer: arup, HIMEC
façade consultant: arup
renderings: david chipperfield architects