All images courtesy of HAEAHN Architecture / H Architecture
In collaboration with New York-based H Architecture, Korean practice HAEAHN has been selected to design a new office complex adjacent to Seoul’s national assembly building. Located in Yeoido, a large island in the Han River, the scheme will house five distinctive programs: a press centre with a briefing room; a highly-equipped smart work centre, (which serves as a remote workplace for commuting officers and ministers from the government); supplementary office space; underground parking; and further facilities such as a restaurant, a banquet hall and various retail outlets accessible to both workers and the general public.
The physical attributes of the plot are likened to that of a public park. Therefore, the site serves as an intimate gathering and resting place, populated with an abundance of tall trees. The architecture preserves this park-like atmosphere by intentionally keeping the building’s height to a minimum. The squared roof correlates with the original masterplan, while the dramatic oscillation of the floor plates gradually transforms the building into a stepped-trapezoid.
The entrance of the building celebrates a communal area for public use that houses a 1,200-seat restaurant, a multi-purpose banquet hall, a gym, and a host of retail spaces. The program is stacked by function with each floor containing a different program. A courtyard at the centre of the building acts as a hub, connecting all of the site’s communal spaces including the entry hall, lounges, and rest areas. a landscaped garden provides intimate spaces to gather, offering opportunities for impromptu meetings and events.