HOK-Designed LG Science Park in Seoul, South Korea, Reaches Major Milestone
Construction on LG Science Park, the HOK-designed 11.8 million-sq.-ft. research and science campus for global consumer and electronics brand LG Group, is 75 percent complete.
LG Science Park will serve as the company’s world research headquarters and house more than 19,000 LG employees, placing staff from 10 affiliates under one roof for the first time. The next-generation campus will accommodate LG researchers from disciplines including electronics, chemistry, nanotechnology, display, fabrication, life sciences and new materials. The number of employees working within the LG Science Park could eventually grow to 21,000.
Situated in the Magok District on the edge of the Han River in Seoul, South Korea, the development will be one of the world’s largest new corporate research campuses. Some 6,000 construction workers are currently employed on site, with their work scheduled to conclude in summer 2018.
HOK was responsible for creating the overall campus master plan and architecture, including the design of 10 laboratory and office buildings totaling more than 8 million square feet.
Gardens and linear parks link the buildings at ground level. All are connected by an underground amenities and service floor, in addition to several subterranean parking levels. The gardens and plazas will be accessible to the community, and the campus faces a large new public park.
Several restaurants on the ground level will have the capacity to serve 6,100 people while doubling as informal collaboration hubs for scientists from all areas of research. In addition to this communal dining facility, the campus will encourage scientific collaboration with flexible spaces, informal meeting areas, seminar suites and bridges linking researchers from different disciplines.
In the middle of the campus, the Integrated Support Centre (ISC) will house gathering spaces including a welcome centre, multipurpose event hall, conference and seminar rooms, exhibition areas and a VIP lounge. The ISC also will include daycare facilities, sports and recreation areas, and convenience retail. It will connect to central fabrication labs, clean rooms and special convergence labs.
HOK: Master planner and lead architect
Gansam Architects: Lead local architect
Chang-jo Architects: Local laboratory architect
LG-Toyo: Local engineer
WSP: Structural, fire, vertical transportation and facade access engineer
Vanderweil Engineers: Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing engineer
Carr & Angier: Theater consultants
Foodesco Ltd: Food service consultant
SERVEONE: Project manager