As one of the largest corporations in Korea, the client sought to create a truly unique environment that served as a progressive, world-class scientific discovery center. The client’s identity features a three-petal blossom, which coupled with a program supporting three scientific divisions, helped inspire the building’s footprint: three towers wrapped in a curving mullion-less glass rising around a central atrium. The building’s base is metaphorically the blossom’s seed from which everything else blossoms. Like a flower, the building’s form is in part shaped by the sun.
The detail for consideration is a pleated veil that fluidly wraps the towers and base. Aesthetically, the veil unifies all within an iconic sculptural element of sinuous shapes evocative of organic growth while evenly distributing light to the interior.
The veil’s pleats open at specific program elements for views while the screen densities vary to optimize thermal performance and daylighting. While the building’s solar orientation was optimized, additional shading was necessary to reduce solar gain through the floor-to-ceiling clear glazing. The veil design responds to a solar analysis varying its perforations from 30% to 50% at 2-3% intervals based on orientation to control solar radiation while optimizing daylight. With over 14,000 panels and well over 1,000 unique panel types, the complex veil form with varying densities presented a challenge to the design, fabrication and installation efforts. Once the form was resolved, design emphasis was placed on clean detailing and alignments so as not to detract from the veil form but to enhance its fluidity.
Heerim Architects & Planners Co., Ltd.