ArchitectsLee Eunseok, K.O.M.A.
Location529-4 Gwacheon-dong, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
The owner of the building requested the design of a modern " castle of wine," since the building would house a company that specializes in the import of wine from all across the globe and supplying it to the local market. As such, several images of wine were super-imposed into multiple layers on top of a practical shape, so as to sufficiently embody the symbol of wine into the simple, rectangular parallelepiped concrete volume.
The interior and exterior wall surfaces and the ceiling adopted a feel of oak wood, which is used in the construction of wine barrels, The front wall has a round-shaped hole, making it look like a wine rack. The small cylinders attached to the upper part of the exterior wall remind viewers of corks. The wall on the side of stairs is the same as the walls used in a wine storage area. On the outer wall are engravings of the three elements that create wine - the sun, land, and man.
Law and regulations in relation to the site's shape and height restrictions required for this building to take a narrow, low, and long shape. The horizontally long volume has three functions: The head area that establishes a relationship with the city has the outdoor terrace; the body area that performs everyday functions has the office; and the tail area that is in the deepest area and performs key function of the company, has a meeting room and the CEO room. the head, body, and tail perform buffer, work, and protocol-related tasks, respectively.
The building should warmly welcome it's visitors, since a great number of buyers will step foot into the building. The raised entrance and the red carpet on the floor lend the entrance area an abstract feeling. The lobby is a space for hospitality that exhibits all the wine varieties made available by the company. The stairs that go straight to the top floor pierce the entire building, and fully receive light from the ceiling.
When approached horizontally, the first floor features the lobby, exhibition hall, and parking lot, and the basement floor contains the wine storage warehouse. The second floor is where the office rooms and meeting rooms are located. The third floor houses the CEO's office, and an internally and externally open space used for sampling wine. It would seem that the inner court is empty, but in fact, it is the key space of this building. it is a space with great possibilities, grabbing and embodying the skies, as well as the surrounding views.