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Amore Pacific Headquarters
Seoul, South Korea

  • project Amore Pacific Headquarters
  • architect David Chipperfield Architects, Berlin; Kesson, Seoul
  • lighting designer Arup Deutschland GmbH
  • 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”.

  • Cities are lively, vibrant places that are always in motion. Changes in use within communal spaces or multi-functional concepts are transforming urban spaces and with it, the requirements for lighting. As a modular system luminaire in the shape of a slim, cylindrical light column, Lif provides full freedom for the creation of light settings in urban spaces and the smart implementation of these using networked functions. More flexible than any other luminaire, it adapts itself to the widest variety of urban lighting tasks. By day, Lif occupies a reserved role in the cityscape but it is during darkness that it demonstrates its true versatility – depending on the configuration, it can be transformed into a luminaire for squares or pathways, an accent light, or even all of these at once, while at all times remaining a minimalist light column. Lighting tools like the pathway module or the Gobo projector for eyecatching projection effects expand and enhance the scope of planning. New spacer elements in four heights perfectly complement the versatile configuration options of Lif, while smart components like a loudspeaker module, camera, or WiFi element make this light column a key element in smart cities.

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