2006 RIBA Worldwide Award
Location: Paju Book City, Korea
Client: Dulnyouk Publishing Co
Date: 2005 Completion
Total Area: 3,000m2
Budget: €3.65 million
FOA Partner in charge: Alejandro Zaera-Polo
Project Leader: Pablo Ros
Team: Jorge Arribas, Natalia Rodriguez, Nuria Vallespin, Luis Viu Rebes, Xavier Ortiz, Marco Guarnieri
Local Architect: Yo2 architects Young Yoon Kim
Structural Engineer: SDG (Structural Design Group), Tokyo
Services Engineer: BDSP Partnership, London
Traffic Engineer: Ninian Logan, Radlett
Cost Consultant: Davis Langdon&Everest, London
Associate Architects: yo2 Architects
Structural Engineer: ALT Structural Engineering Group
Electrical Engineer: Hana High Tech Co., Lyd
Mechanical: SeAH Engineering & Technology
Landscape: yo2 Architects
QS: yo2 Architects
The building hosts the editorial and administrative offices of Dulnyouk Publishers and is located in Paju Book City, a satellite town of Seoul designed strategically to centralise the editorial business in the region.
The site is a 2000m2 lot on the western edge of Bukhansan hill, towering over the valley where Paju Book City is located. The masterplan’s regulations both restrict the built mass to an east west orientation, to avoid blocking air flow between the hill and the riverside to the west of the site, and a height limitation of three stories. The programme of accommodation includes archive and storage space, workspace for the executive and administrative and editorial operations, event space and an apartment for guests – a total area of 1800m2.
The building is designed to maximise the potential of its suburban location in Paju Book City by turning the workspaces into a literal extension of the gardens surrounding the building. Intensifying the qualities of the strong orientation required by the masterplan, the building is designed as a folded screen between a south-facing green garden and a north-facing mineral garden, which literally extend into the two faces of the screen, one clad in wood and the other in stone. The geometry of the folded screen which constitutes the structure of the building is arranged in such a way that every floor is alternatively oriented towards either of the two gardens, producing a constant alternation of landscapes and finishes as one moves across the section of the building.