Winner: Tall Building of the Year 2018. David Chipperfield Architects have designed Korea's largest beauty company AmorePacific's new headquarters in Seoul.
The building, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, is punctuated with voids and filled with trees and pools. Three of the building's facades have large voids that open the building to the surrounding city, and serve as platforms for "hanging gardens".
The 30-storey building located in the centre of Seoul has been carefully developed around a central courtyard to maximise natural ventilation and daylight.
The Chipperfield-designed headquarters is intended to demonstrate the beauty company's ambitions as a modern company, mediating between local and global, private and public, collective and individual.
Judges comments: "Head and shoulders above any new tall building in London. It’s simple yet complex - it turns a fairly basic overall gesture into something that responds to the city. Interesting use of voids and negative space to break up the scale of the high-rise. Very delicate and elegant for what is essentially a megastructure."
Architect: David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
Project: AmorePacific headquarters
Winner of: Tall building of the year
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