As one of Korea’s largest corporations, the client sought to create a unique world-class scientific discovery center reflecting the company’s “Only One” spirit. This facility was conceptualized to support a scientific workplace with an array of amenities to foster creativity and innovation—essentially, a living discovery center that nurtures emerging ideas for a better life.
The client’s identity features a three-petal blossom, which coupled with a program supporting three scientific divisions, helped to inspire the new building’s footprint. Three towers wrapped in a curving mullion-less glass and custom scrim rise around a central atrium that cultivates interconnectivity and engagement with fluid circulation, while enriching all with natural light. The base of the building is metaphorically the seed from which all else blossomed. This is where the large shared spaces are located and a strong connectivity to nature is rooted. Forms within the interiors evoke sinuous shapes of emerging growth. Gracefully curving wood walls translate as seed hulls, offering an element of discovery and interest within each while harmoniously integrating with the undulating movement and form of the atrium itself.
The building itself is a thoughtful study of science and art. The pleated veil that surrounds the building is both sculptural and a response to solar/thermal studies, with the veil shading areas of more intense sunlight, opening for less intense areas. Thousands of unique custom panels create the sinuous form—at once organic and machined—rising as an icon from the Korean hillside. The Only One.
Heerim Architects & Planners Co., Ltd.