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Daichi Dong
Seoul, Korea

The Daichi Dong project is a 60,000 m2 mixed use building located on Teheran Ro, a wide commercial boulevard in Seoul, Korea. The program and the site both suggested a layered organization, with the core displaced to the south and major spaces oriented toward the boulevard and the park beyond.

The frontal plane constitutes the most important layer, creating a loose "street wall" together with other buildings aligned along Teheran Ro. This surface is developed architecturally to give the building a unique character in the context of rather ordinary buildings. Escalators up to the department store, the projecting balcony of the club and the terrace for the offices become the three compositional elements that interrupt the bowing glass surface and symbolically refer to the programmatic elements within.

Mr. Gates acted as lead designer on this project at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, PC.