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Meier takes wraps off South Korean hotel

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Richard Meier and Partners has completed this waterfront hotel in South Korea


The 39,420m scheme overlooking the East Sea, Gyeongpo Lake and the Taebaek mountains is the practice’s first hotel and its ‘debut’ project in Korea.

An 11-storey tower containing 150 bedrooms sits above a four-storey pedestal, while an outdoor deck features an infinity pool and a space for social events.

Seamarq Hotel by Richard Meier and Partners

Seamarq Hotel by Richard Meier and Partners

East Elevation

Seamarq Hotel by Richard Meier and Partners

Seamarq Hotel by Richard Meier and Partners

West Elevation

Architect’s view

With this hotel we aspire to create something new and innovative. The principles that guide the work in our office are rooted in timeless, classical design issues such as the Context, the Site, and the use of Natural Light. In my work I seek to find through design the best of what exists and what can be. My purpose is to deliver thoughtful, original modern architecture that is as accessible as it is beautiful, as humanist as it is disciplined. This is an architecture which is concerned with the individual as well as the community at large.

Our primary goal for the Seamarq Hotel has been to create a strong sense of place by enhancing and transforming the existing site in a dramatic way. Many of the cues for the design came from the site–its light, its landscape, its topography. Perhaps the most important initial decision was to work with the configuration of the land and to design the hotel complex in relation to the existing topography.

In designing a building which is on the water, the water view takes priority, so that all of the public spaces, all the living spaces open up to the water. So there is a relationship between open and closure, between opacity and transparency.

The guest rooms and the public spaces at the Seamarq Hotel are in many ways related to some of the early houses that I have designed, such as the Smith House and the Douglas House where there is an open living space, a great deal of transparency and an openness to the nature around the site. 

Seamarq Hotel by Richard Meier and Partners

Seamarq Hotel by Richard Meier and Partners

Source: Scott Frances

Project data

Location Gangneung, South Korea
Type of project hotel
Architect Richard Meier
Client Hyundai Heavy Industries
Local architects Hyundai Architects and Engineers Associates and Doojin Hwang Architects
Landscape consultant James Corner Field Operations
Interior design L’Observatoire International
Site area 52,830m2
Floor area 39,420m2

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