Several important variables were required to be incorporated into the redesign of the Hanwha Headquarters building. It was specified that the design should be guided by the surroundings, influenced by nature and driven by the Cheonggyecheon environment. The assimilation of these key parameters formed the basis of the concept for the project and resulted in the design of a responsive building facade model.
In the initial stages of the design, a detailed study of each parameter group – with specific regard to the building’s typology and location – resulted in a diversity of possibilities in facade expression. Through the amalgamation of the results of these studies, an inclusive concept emerged which integrally responds to the aforementioned key variables of the project.
Economic factors were then introduced, enabling the standardisation of elements on a large part of the facade and the exclusion of double curved surfaces, while the resulting patternisation expresses links to both Korean culture and parametric computerised technology.
This key data is a collection of various facade factors represented in diagrams used to analyse and evaluate certain aspects and stages of the design. The outcomes of these studies often find their way back as input data into the facade model, adjusting the key parameters and initiating a new and refined iteration of the design.
Article courtesy of UNStudio