Garden 5 Tool / DeStefano Partners

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Architect: DeStefano PartnersSamoo Architects & Engineers 
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Project Year: 2o11
Photographs: Samoo Architects & Engineers 

Originally called the Dongnam Distribution Center (DDC), the recently renamed Garden 5 Tool complex is a mega-shopping center in Seoul, South Korea.  The structure was designed by DeStefano Partners of Chicago, Illinois in conjunction with Samoo Architects & Engineers as the associate architect.

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Garden 5 Tool is located on a 258,720sf site along the north bank of the Jang-Ji  River in Seoul.  With over 1,500 shops on site, the complex tips the scales at nearly 3 million square feet of space and consolidates a variety of industrial goods retailers that were formerly sited throughout the central city.  In addition to the retail component of the program, Garden 5 Tool also contains a supplementary facility containing a fitness center, food court, and office space.

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According to the architect, the building design was driven by a number of physical influences, including the structure’s proximity to various transportation hubs.  A highway that runs diagonally along the west and south façades creates a high visibility factor, while Garden 5 Tool’s proximity to the Seoul Airport restricts building heights in the area to 50.7m (about 10 stories).  The resulting architectural scheme is a 15-story structure, 10 of which are above grade.  Above-grade program includes four levels of retail space, three levels of parking and storage, and another three levels of supplementary facility spaces at the top of the building.  Below-grade program accommodates 1,800 parking spots over three levels and two more levels of additional retail space.

Building Section

The building features a structure comprised of precast concrete and , clad in , tinted insulating glass, and ceramic tile panels to create a visual dynamism in keeping with the dynamic nature of the adjacent stream.  The building’s aluminum cladding was conceptualized to echo the water’s curving path and perpetual fluidity.

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Cite: "Garden 5 Tool / DeStefano Partners" 21 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
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