A 50meter high mid-rise comprising exhibition and office space has been constructed within the ‘Digital Media City’, a new urban quarter is situated in Seoul between the international airport and city center. Given the uncertainty of adjacent neighboring buildings we proposed a building which is clad in a skin of faceted reflective glass panels. It quite deliberately sits between complete artistic free play (relief, sculpture) and standardized seriality, and draws its aesthetic strength from this tension.
The outcome is the fortunate result of what was initially a problematic situation: by intentionally assimilating the surrounding buildings onto the façade of the TRUTEC Building through reflection and optical fragmentation, we could react while still not knowing what the emerging surroundings would ultimately offer. The polygonal surfaces fragment any given contextual surroundings into a kaleidoscope of infinite pixels.
Architects — Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger
Team Design and Construction — Martina Bauer (Project Architect), Matthias Graf von Ballestrem, Markus Bonauer, Michael Schmidt, Elke Sparmann, Jan-Oliver Kunze
Showroom, Cafeteria, Office
2005 - 2006
2008 AIA Honor Awards for Architecture
2007 Korean Civil Engineering,
Building Technics Award
2005 "Possible Futures"
Bienal Miami+Beach, Acknowledgment
TKR Sang-Am Ltd.
Chang-Jo Architects, Seoul, Korea
Schlaich Bergermann and Partner, Stuttgart
Jeon and Lee Partners, Seoul
Arup Façade Engineering
Alutek Ltd., Seoul, Korea