“All design decisions were made from the perspective of researchers, with research productivity and the synergy of fusion in mind. Here, LG will chart the right future for mankind.”
HOK designed LG Science Park as a next-generation corporate research campus intended to foster collaboration and innovation among scientists and staff from multiple disciplines, including electronics, chemistry, nanotechnology, display, fabrication and life sciences. The campus will serve as the world research headquarters for the global consumer electronics brand of LG Group and a hub for science and talent in South Korea.
The team designed LG Science Park in close collaboration with LG, echoing the method in which their consumer products are developed. Individual buildings feature the same elegance of form as LG’s products. While buildings are tailored to specific scientific activities, they are also highly flexible and can easily adapt to the changing requirements of science. The buildings feature a highly sustainable design that is expected to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.
Phase 1 construction of LG Science Park’s first 20 buildings took just 33 months and employed more than 6,000 construction workers. Developed concurrently, the campus’s buildings are connected via gardens and linear parks at ground level and by a vast underground service floor in addition to several subterranean parking levels. The gardens and plazas are accessible to the community, and the campus faces a large new public park. A nearby metro station links LG Science Park to central Seoul. Its proximity to the airport makes the campus convenient to international visitors.
An expansive restaurant on the lower level provides informal gathering spaces for researchers and can feed several thousand employees in one lunch sitting. Throughout the campus, flexible spaces, casual meeting areas, seminar suites and bridges provide places for impromptu and structured idea sharing and collaboration.
The Integrated Support Centre (ISC) at the heart of the LG Science Park incorporates a welcome center, multipurpose event hall, conference and seminar rooms, exhibition areas, a VIP lounge, daycare facilities, sports and recreation areas, and convenience retail. The ISC directly connects to central fabrication labs, clean rooms and special convergence labs.
HOK created LG Science Park’s master plan and led the overall design work. Two Seoul-based firms, Gansam Architects and Chang-jo Architects, also provided design work on the project.
LEED Platinum anticipated
11.9 million sq. ft. / 1,100,000 sq. m.
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