Architects: Doojin Hwang Architects
Design Team: Euijin Park
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Contractor: Janghak Construction
Structure Engineer: Samjung EMC
Mechanical Engineer: Bowoo Technology Corporation
Electric Design: Shinhan Eletric Engineering
Civil Engineer: GeoTech Engineering & Consultants
Photographs: Youngchae Park, Doojin Hwang Architects
The Bricks building was built on one of the rare vacant lots at Daehangno (the University District) in Dongsung-dong. DJHA intended to create a visually appealing design which would match the vibrant spirit of the busy commercial district.
An elevator, directly accessible from the street, is installed at the main entrance, flanked by a gingko tree and a platanus tree. The exposed stairway ascends from the ground to the fifth floor creating a spiral line around the building. This unique concept becomes the symbolic design of the building. It also provides a variety of view for people inside and outside of the building according to their location.
DJHA used simple bricks in contrast with the dynamic line of stairway. Glass is installed along the stairway as if to reveal the tender flesh of a tough-skinned fruit. In addition, by applying different methods in layering the brick and placing the fenestration, the facade emits translucent, semi-translucent, and at times opaque ambiences.
The basement floor is planned as a theater, and is 8 meters high for stage setting and other installments. All floors are for lease, and it is possible to enjoy the vibrant scenery of Daehangno at the roof, where a garden is planned.