Herzog & de Meuron’s first Korean project will be inaugurated in Seoul in September 2021. Located in the heart of Cheongdam Dong, a ward of Gangnam District, the triangular concrete volume harbors offices for ST International and exhibition galleries for SongEun Art Space, which will open to the public with a show curated by H&deM.
Designed with the collaboration of the local firm Junglim Architecture, the building distributes over 8,000 square meters in eleven floors above ground and five below. The triangular shape resulted from maximizing space and exploring how much of its sculptural potential could be harnessed without exceeding the bounds of local codes.
The texture of the concrete facade was obtained by means of a wooden formwork, and alludes to the name SongEun (hidden pine tree). Inside, the curve of a ramp creates an opening in the ceiling of an underground exhibition space. The spiral continues as a staircase leading to the second-floor galleries.