Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Garden 5 Tool in Seoul, South Korea by DeStefano Partners
October 12th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: DeStefano Partners
Located on a 258,720 sf site along the north bank of Jang-Ji stream, Garden 5 Tool (originally called Dongnam Distribution Center) is a creative and unique solution for a mega-shopping center of specialty shops. To consolidate a large number of industrial goods retailers that are currently scattered in the central city of Seoul, the 2,893,440 sf commercial center houses approximately 1,500 shops. A supplementary facility, containing a fitness center, food court, office and officetel components, is also part of the program.
The building design was driven by a number of physical influences. A highway that runs diagonally along the west and south facades creates a high visibility factor for the new center. Proximity to the Seoul Airport restricts building heights in the area to 50.7m (about 10 stories), resulting in a design that features 10 levels of above grade space: four levels of retail space, three levels of parking and storage, and another three levels of supplementary facility spaces at the top of the building. For additional space, the building extends five levels below grade, accommodating parking for approximately 1,800 cars on three levels and additional retail space on two levels.
Inspired by the stream that borders the site and defines the southwestern edge, the building’s metal cladding was designed to define the exterior of the building while echoing the water’s curving path and perpetual fluidity. Within this framework, the various elements of the program are nestled into place in order to create a cohesive collection of spaces that function together to resolve the complex program.
A strong ecological consciousness is reflected in the design, which uses such sustainable features as natural lighting and ventilation where possible and photo-voltaic panels to clad the southern wall.
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