The Gate / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

  • Electrical Engineer: Hyeob-in
  • Construction: Young Rim
  • Client: Daekyoung Engineering
  • Design Team: Jinsung Heo, Jihyun Kim, Hyunjoon Yoo
  • City: Busan
  • Country: South Korea
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The Gate / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects - Windows, Facade
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Text description provided by the architects. I was surprised twice when I first visited the Daekyoung Factory. The first surprise was the beautiful scenery of the mouth or the river of the Nakdong River, and the second surprise was that the beautiful scenery could not be seen at all from the factory complex. There were three buildings in the complex, with two buildings lined up on parallel lines, making a rectangular plaza. The plaza was busy, with many workers passing by. The third building was placed perpendicularly with the plaza, blocking the scenery towards the sea. I felt sorry for the factory workers, who are so close to the beautiful scenery, but could not even see it.


The client wanted a conference room, a studio, and an office for seven workers. He also had a plan to purchase the land on the third factory building and build a new one. We asked the client if the building had to be a single mass. He said it could be divided. This is where we found the clue to the solution. The new factory building was divided into two massed, emphasizing the parallel arrangement of the other buildings, and the plaza in between was opened out towards the see, as in Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute. The office building will be built in the plaza, but the first floor is made with high piloti to open up the view towards the sea as much as possible.

The Gate / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects - Windows, Waterfront
© Youngchae Park

The circulation is coordinated in a counter-clockwise direction wrapping up the building in order to allow the users to experience the full scenery. Because of these design decisions, the structure of the building ended up having each floors shifted from the other. Because this building had to sit on a site covered Ascon, exposed concrete was used as the main exterior material.

The Gate / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects - Facade, Handrail, Balcony
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Address:1521-4 Dadae 1(il)-dong, Saha-gu, Busan, South Korea

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Cite: "The Gate / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects" 15 Dec 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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