HAEAHN + haenglim awarded second prize for office/power plant in seoul
all images courtesy of HAEAHN architecture

 

 

 

a competition for korea midland power co. (KOMIPO) tasked designers with uniting the typologically diverse program elements of an office and a thermal power plant facility, while also providing public park space for the citizens of seoul. the collaborative team of HAEAHN architecture and haenglim placed second in the contest, for a proposal which stacks four large building volumes atop one another while including cultural functions into the work environment. the endeavor replaces an existing power facility, and places a new one below the structure and green landscape.

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the design stacks four building volumes atop a primarily subterranean power plant

 

 

 

as the new below-grade power plant replaces the above ground ‘danginlee’ facility, the design intends to commemorate the existing by expressing a tower structure. the building thus references the high chimney stacks of traditional energy generation, but through a visually new gesture for positive cultural presence.

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high galleries link to the surrounding park

 

 

 

a piece of the subterranean plant is purposely exposed above grade and functions as a ‘cultural plant’. the walls are clad in stone referential of the historical facility, while the adjacent space contains a gallery for the display of art. this exhibition program blends into the rest of the building to link with other public amenities.

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the office building accommodates other public programs such as a restaurant/cafe

haeahn architecture haenglim office of seoul thermal power plant designboom

haeahn architecture haenglim office of seoul thermal power plant designboom

the office and power plant are located on a waterfront site in seoul

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in profile the building expresses a terraced gesture

haeahn architecture haenglim office of seoul thermal power plant designboom

haeahn architecture haenglim office of seoul thermal power plant designboom

cut-away section with program call outs

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project info:

 

competition name: design competition for office of seoul thermal power plant
location: seoul, korea
year: 2014
gross floor area: 17,519.90 sqm
architects: HAEAHN architecture + haenglim
client: KOMIPO