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David Chipperfield Architects completes Amorepacific headquarters in Seoul

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The 216,000m² punctured cube combines offices with a range of public uses, showing ’how a company can participate in the larger community’

Following eight years of design and construction, the new headquarters for Amorepacific, South Korea’s largest beauty company, completed on 15 June. The building is situated in the district of Yongsan-gu, between the site of a public park currently under development, and a business district of high-rise towers.

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Amorepacific Headquarters by David Chipperfield Architects

The cube-shaped volume, clad in light aluminium fins, contains a total of 30 floors and a gross floor area of 216,000 square metres. A central inner courtyard and three large openings in the façade, each containing a garden, break up the form, allowing air and daylight to filter through.

The design was driven by the notion of contributing to the ‘social space of the city’, and so the building houses public facilities including a museum, a large auditorium, a library, a childcare facility as well as restaurants, bars and cafés. These facilities drove the choice of a cube-like form rather than a tower, to allow a larger area to interact with street level.

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Amorepacific Headquarters by David Chipperfield Architects

Architect’s view

It is more than an office. The building suggests generosity of spirit to the people who work here and the citizens. It is something that mediates between the company and the city. It shows how a company can participate in the larger community.
David Chipperfield, partner and founder, David Chipperfield Architects

The concept of a high-rise courtyard building – offering a silhouette and more importantly a place to be – takes reference from Korea’s rich and versatile architectural heritage. The spatial and social adaptation of this cultural knowledge ensures that the building provides more than a company workplace, but rather a public destination for all, bridging the past with the present and thereby establishing an identity that is rooted in its time, place and history.
Christoph Felger, partner and design director, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin

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Amorepacific Headquarters by David Chipperfield Architects

Project data

Start on site 2014
Completion 2017
Gross internal floor area 216,000m²
Construction cost Undisclosed
Architect David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
Executive architect HAEAHN Architecture, Seoul (shell & core, schematic design – construction documents); KESSON, Seoul (interiors)
Client Amorepacific Corporation
Structural engineer Arup Deutschland GmbH (schematic design – design development), CSSE
MEP consultant Arup Deutschland GmbH (schematic design – design development), Himec
Landscape architect SeoAhn, Seoul
Façade Arup Deutschland GmbH (schematic design – design development)
Site supervision Kunwon Engineering
Main contractor Hyundai Engineering and Construction

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