The scheme for the Chongro-Ku Pavilions is a mediation of ancient and modern,
sentinel and lantern, protection and transparency and finally, of icon and
abstraction. Large plates of white glass form staggered, overlapping layers
around an elliptical steel skeleton.
Located in the original center of Seoul, just south of the Old Palace, the site
juxtaposes high price cosmopolitan commercial space with some of the most
important historical layers of the city.
The Pavilions reference ancient armor, typically constructed of layers of
leather, hair and metal, which once clad the warriors and guards which who
battled and protected this area. The segmented curvature and layering of the
armor, elements also found in traditional Korean lanterns served as generators
for the design of the pavilions.
Entry pavilions become signage, advertising the activity below street level.
This luxury retail setting did not permit the typical neon graphics found along
the urban streets. Instead, elliptical glass towers abstractly signal a gateway
to the shopping arcade below.