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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

ABC Building in Seoul, South Korea by Wise Architecture

 
May 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Wise Architecture

The ABC Building is located around SeonJeong Royal Tomb with history of old Seoul in Gangnam area in Korea. The boastful – glaring buildings in Gangnam block view from the site to the royal tombs park while the roof of five story building suddenly opens view to beautiful landscape of the park. The building can be regarded as “Architectural Mountain” the roof terrace as “Architectural Summit”. People climb up the building by narrow exterior stair alleys. These five stair alleys opened to public are cascaded like small stream falls or stepped vegetation wall garden. The passenger meets silent and beautiful sceneries from inside of bricks stair alley wall and outside from the royal tombs park to reach the top of the building.

Image Courtesy ©  Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy © Chin HyoSook

  • Architects: Wise Architecture
  • Project: ABC Building
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Photography: Chin HyoSook
  • Site area: 285sqm, Building area: 163sqm, Total floor area: 779sqm,
  • Building Coverage: 57%, Rate of building volume to lot: 196.48%
  • Number of Storey: Basement 1 storey, 5 storeys
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete Structure
  • Principal use: Office
  • Material: Dry brick wall fabrication/Wet brick wall fabrication, Filobe Curtain-wall System
  • Project manager: Lee Jeong Hoon
  • Completed Year: 2012

Image Courtesy ©  Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy © Chin HyoSook

In terms of building material, the black brick is the most visible material in the Building. Black bricks present the respect to the historical park. The building starts with laying a piece of brick on the ground. From middle of the building, it changed to the steel frame system and dry brick wall fabrication façade without traditional mortar masonry.  It creates transparent experience of solid brick wall with multiple brick wall layers.

Image Courtesy ©  Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy © Chin HyoSook

Besides of its innovative brick construction method, the potential of this building begins with its simplicity which would be represented by clear layout, the materiality of brick wall applied in same way. Architecture is the construction of simplicity and the simplicity of construction, understood simultaneously.

Image Courtesy ©  Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy © Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy ©  Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy © Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy ©  Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy © Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy ©  Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy © Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy ©  Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy © Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy ©  Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy © Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy ©  Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy © Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy ©  Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy © Chin HyoSook

Image Courtesy ©  Wise Architecture

Image Courtesy © Wise Architecture

Image Courtesy ©  Wise Architecture

Image Courtesy © Wise Architecture

Image Courtesy ©  Wise Architecture

Image Courtesy © Wise Architecture

Image Courtesy ©  Wise Architecture

Image Courtesy © Wise Architecture

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