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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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