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Site plan

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B1 plan

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B2 plan

 

"Sobre el contexto histórico y urbano: El nuevo edificio se construye sobre el solar del antiguo edificio de Hankook Ilbo, originalmente diseñado por el prestigioso arquitecto coreano Kim Geun-Swoo en 1968. El área había sido recientemente demolida como parte de un proyecto de renovación urbanística. El sitio es muy conocido debido a la proximidad al Palacio de Gyeongbok e Insa-dong, ambos puntos de referencia de Seúl. En este contexto histórico, personalmente creo que no es apropiado destruir los edificios más antiguos y sustituirlos. Sin embargo, dada la situación inevitable de renovación urbana, se decide diseñar un nuevo edificio teniendo en cuenta el contexto histórico y urbano del lugar."

La forma arquitectónica específica se hizo en respuesta a las características geográficas distintivas. El sitio se compone de varios ángulos agudos, y dentro de su figura, la inducción de las interacciones entre la dinámica horizontal y vertical, como el agua que fluye en varias direcciones. Esto recuerda al tronco de un árbol de abedul que resiste a graves dificultades en el tiempo.

Directamente al sur de la construcción, se abre un espacio histórico con callejuelas comerciales. Aunque la zona ha desaparecido en gran medida con el proyecto de renovación urbana, todavía es posible conectar con algunos de los vestigios restantes. La conexión a través del sitio está dirigido a Dongsipjagak, una antigua torre de vigilancia en la esquina sureste del Palacio Gyeongbok. Esta zona se conecta a Samcheongdong, un área que sigue siendo vibrante, que evoca tanto la tradición histórica y el contexto urbano.

 


"About the historical and urban context: I was approached to construct a new building at the site of the old Hankook Ilbo building originally designed by the renowned Korean architect Kim Swoo-geun in 1968. The area had recently been demolished as part of an urban renewal development project. The site is well-known to the public due to the close proximity to Gyeongbok Palace and Insa-dong , both landmarks of Seoul. Given this historical context, I personally believe it is inappropriate to destroy older sophisticated buildings built in the 1960s and 1970s and replace them. However, given the inevitable situation involving the government’s urban redevelopment project, I had no choice but to accept the situation, then decided to design in consideration of the historical and urban context of the site."

The specific architectural shape was made in response to the distinctive geographical features. The site consists of several acute angles, and within its figure, inducing interactions between horizontal and vertical dynamics, such as water flowing in various directions. This recalls a birch tree trunk that weathered severe hardships over time.

Directly south of the building an area with historical commercial alleyways, one famous called Pimatgol. Although the area has largely disappeared with the urban renewal project, it is still possible to connect with some of the remaining traces. The connection made through the site is directed toward Dongsipjagak, an ancient watch tower at the southeast corner of Gyeongbok Palace. This area connects to Samcheongdong, an area which remains vibrant, evoking both the historical tradition and urban context.

Architect : BCHO Architects Associates, Cho Byoung-soo/ Principle
bc@bchoarchitects.com
Project Team : Kang Woo-hyun, Erik Horn, Park Gi-hyun, Pai Yong-eun, Nicholas Locke, Kwon Sung-Hwa, Seo Ji-young, Park Joo- hyun, Eric Druse
Location : 14, Junghak-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
Site area : 4,403.30?
Gross floor area : 2,201.01?
Total floor area : 54,918.85?
Building-to-land ratio : 49.97%
Floor area ratio : 750.73%
Building scope : 17F, B8
Structure : Post-Tension system, SRC
Contractor : Hanil Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.
Structural Engineering : Dongyang Structure Engineering
Façade Contractor: Lucky Ability - CurtainWall - Seoul, Korea
Façade Consulting: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger - New York City, USA
Service Engineering: Han Kook Engineering Co.
Design period : 2006.10~2008.12
Construction period : 2008.03~2010.11

 

Photography: Hwang Wooseop

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