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The Chaum Center in Seoul, Korea

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011


Where Luxury Meets Healthcare for the Ultimate Personalized Medical Experience






  • Architect: KMD Architects
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Team: Ryan Stevens, Principal and Design Director, KMD Architects, Rob Matthew, Healthcare Principal, KMD Architects, Project Manager, Chuck Kwon, KMD Architects
  • Designer - Omar Jimenez, KMD Architects
  • Program: Commissioned CHA Health Systems
  • Local Architect: Kukbo, Miri Jang
  • Project Area / Construction Area: 200,000 sq ft
  • Project Year: Completed in 2010




KMD Architects, known for its work in both healthcare and hospitality design, merged these two areas of expertise when it transformed 400,000 square feet of existing retail space in Seoul, Korea into The Chaum Center. Commissioned by world-renowned anti-aging expert and founder of CHA Health Systems, Dr. Kwang Yul Cha, The Chaum Center is an entirely new model of integrative medicine and personalized health care within a setting that feels far more like a five-star resort than a medical facility.

Private patient exam pods at the Chaum Center in Seoul, Korea (Photo: Business Wire)

Private patient exam pods at the Chaum Center in Seoul, Korea (Photo: Business Wire)

The Chaum Center, spanning six floors, offers complete medical services including a proactive, prevention-driven, highly customized healthcare plan for each member. It also houses a world-class fitness center and spa offering services such as stem cell facials and a five-star restaurant serving meals nutritionally customized to each member’s needs.

The Chaum Center opened on October 28, 2010 with a star-studded reception that included actresses Kristin Davis and Suzanne Somers, actor Peter Fonda, singer Sheena Easton and Korea’s Minister of Health and Welfare, Kim Won-Gil. The celebrities in attendance were known for their interest in anti-aging lifestyle medicine.

“Dr. Cha came to us with a very clear vision of what he wanted to offer at Chaum, in terms of services and what he wanted to convey about life and health,” said Ryan Stevens, Principal and Design Director, KMD Architects. “Our job was to translate his ideas into tangible design elements and create a medical environment like the world has never seen before.”


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