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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.

Namdeamun Office Building in Seoul, South Korea by Mecanoo architecten

 
August 23rd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Mecanoo architecten 

Located next to the ancient southern gate to the city of Seoul, the Namdeamun Market is the oldest and largest market in South Korea. Since its beginnings as a government managed marketplace in 1414, it has become an important 24-hour destination for trade and a popular tourist attraction.

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  • Architects: Mecanoo architecten
  • Project: Namdeamun Office Building
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Photography: Kyungsub Shin
  • Client: Heungkuk Life Insurance Co., Ltd., Seoul, South Korea
  • Facade consultant: Excfirm, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design: 2014-2015
  • Realisation: 2015-2017

Image Courtesy © Kyungsub Shin

The market’s history and regional traditions informed the design for a contemporary office building, connecting past and present. Maximising the land allocation, the slim 14-floor building sits elegantly on a corner plot opposite the market.

Image Courtesy © Kyungsub Shin

Image Courtesy © Kyungsub Shin

Its restrained monochromatic appearance acts as a counterbalance to the colourful frenzy of the market’s nonstop activity. The role of the facades frames extends beyond decoration. It continuously creates different atmospheres, filtering incoming light and making shadows across the interior spaces.

Image Courtesy © Kyungsub Shin

Image Courtesy © Kyungsub Shin

The relationship between the building and its surroundings reflects the passing of time, changing from day to night. During the day the facade material reflects the sun light, whereas in the night, the building glows from within, revealing its characteristic facade pattern to the market and beyond.

Image Courtesy © Kyungsub Shin

Image Courtesy © Kyungsub Shin

About Mecanoo architecten

Mecanoo architecten, officially founded in Delft in 1984, brings architecture, urbanism, landscape, restoration and interior design together in a coherent way. Led by its founding partner and creative director, Francine Houben, the firm has created an international and prize-winning body of work. Each design is founded on observation of people, location, culture and climate. The analysis amounts to integrated designs for unforgettable spaces that respond to current needs, yet which are also prepared for (un)predictable change.

Image Courtesy © Kyungsub Shin

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten

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