“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.”
The 20-building complex serves as the world research headquarters for the global consumer electronics brand of LG Group and a hub for science and technology in South Korea. Expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the campus will eventually accommodate up to 25,000 people.
HOK’s design mirrors LG’s aspirations to create “advanced technology, beautifully designed.” Individual buildings exhibit the same elegance as the company’s consumer products, which feature streamlined, elegant exteriors wrapped around cutting-edge technology.
Emphasizing LG’s minimalist approach to form, the post-and-beam, frame-based construction establishes a timeless design. Transparent ground-level spaces seamlessly connect the buildings to a new east-west linear park with plazas and gardens open to LG’s employees and the community so they appear to grow out of the landscape. This is especially evident at the lower level canteen and dining halls, which captivate guests with their access to natural light and garden views.
Though the campus is unified, every component is distinct. Each LG business group has its own main entrance and lobby. Natural stone frames the building elevations, which are in-filled with glass panels. This creates a variety of façade treatments that minimize heat gain and facilitate views to neighboring parks.
Building materials, which are as classic and durable as LG’s consumer products, include glazing, natural stone cladding and aluminum mullions. The pale natural stone facades of the research buildings contrast with the dark-clad Integrated Support Centre (ISC), which is located at the heart of the campus and houses a welcome center and employee amenities.
LEED Platinum anticipated
11.9 million sq. ft. / 1,100,000 sq. m.
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