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Amore Pacific Headquarters
Seoul, South Korea

  • progetto Amore Pacific Headquarters
  • architeto David Chipperfield Architects, Berlin; Kesson, Seoul
  • lighting designer Arup Deutschland GmbH
  • project.representation SJL Corp.

The new hea­d­quar­ters of Amore Paci­fic, the lar­gest manu­fac­tu­rer of cosme­tics in South Korea, is cha­rac­ter-ised by open­ness, nature and sustai­na­bi­lity. In the land­sca­ped park, the paths are retra­ced by intel­li­gent Lif light columns.

This 110 metre-high, cube-shaped buil­ding has three large ope­nings at the side on the upper floors which, like the over­si­zed win­dows, pro­vide addi­tio­nal space for three roof­top gar­dens. The con­nec­tion to the city and nature is evi­dent too in the invi­ting atrium at the base of the buil­ding that is open from all sides. The inner cour­tyard is floo­ded with day­light and is not just acces­si­ble to wor­kers – a museum, library, tea­house and selec­ted shops entice the gene­ral public inside to expe­rience beauty and fun and learn.

The gar­den­like cour­tyard is acces­si­ble from street level as if the adjoi­ning city park were to be con­ti­nued on the com­pany pre­mi­ses. In the land­sca­ped park, the paths are retra­ced by intel­li­gent Lif light columns. By day, they assume a reser­ved role in the urban land­scape but during dar­k­ness they exhi­bit their ver­sa­ti­lity, with fle­xi­bly ali­gna­ble Twin­spots illu­mi­na­ting the win­ding paths. Via the inte­gra­ted camera module, the Lif also helps con­tri­bute to safety in this exte­rior space.

The pro­ject was awar­ded the German Light Design Prize in May 2019 in the cate­gory Inter­na­tio­nal Pro­ject”.

  • Lively, vibrant and ever changing – our enthusiasm for cities knows no bounds whether for the diversity of their public spaces, the splendid facades with elegant shopping streets, unique monuments or inviting parks. However it is especially in the evenings that we experience the real magic of the big city – when the light of the Lif gives the fullest expression to urban life. Reserved in shape, the Lif integrates discretely into all urban settings, innovatively reinterpreting the reduced cylinder form as a basic architectural shape. By day, rather than distracting onlookers, the Lif blends into the background yet by night it displays its full effect – with the Lif, it is the light that is aligned, not the luminaire. Its modularity enables it to create visual settings for the surrounding area, adapting itself, like no other luminaire before it, flexibly and effortlessly to a diversity of urban lighting tasks. Highly versatile in terms of application, the Lif enables passers-by to experience the human geography of the city in a highly inspiring way.
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