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One of the World's Largest Corporate Research Campuses

LG Science Park
Seoul, South Korea

“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.”

Ju-Hwan Shin
Managing Director, LG Science Park Business Unit/Construction Drive Division

LG Science Park in Seoul’s Magok District unites staff from eight of LG’s Korean businesses in the same location for the first time. The 26-building campus will accommodate up to 25,000 employees when fully completed in 2022.

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 CERTIFICATION

LEED Platinum anticipated

SIZE

11.9 million sq. ft. / 1,100,000 sq. m.

SERVICES

Architecture
Interior Design
Laboratory Planning
Landscape Architecture
Master Planning

NEWS

 

20 July 2018
“Hive Mind: Inside LG’s New Campus”
Building Magazine

24 April 2018

“HOK-Designed LG Science Park Opens in Seoul”
HOK News

8 June 2017
“Construction on LG Science Park Reaches Major Milestone”
HOK News

25 September 2015
“HOK Recognises Importance of Collaborative Work Style”
Property Week

3 November 2014
“HOK Unveils Design for LG Group Research and Science Campus in Seoul” 
HOK News