Communique Headquarters Exterior and Cafe, Seoul (Complete)

Communique Headquarters won the 2015 Ministry of Land Award for best Adaptive Reuse project in Korea, and was shortlisted for several other national and international prizes.

The Communique Headquarters in Seoul is a full renovation of a 1980’s era office building in the Yongsan district in the city centre. The design is oriented around creating a positive impact on the neighbourhood, and a healthy and productive workspace for employees. A dark and cramped car park was transformed into an airy and light-filled space using tessellated stainless steel, and the entire facade was reclad in intricate granite panels. The adaptive pattern was generated to reduce complexity while recladding the existing column at ground floor, and to reduce cost in the main stone facade. At the same time, the differentiation of panel sizes optimises internal daylight in the offices within. The roof garden is based on the traditional Korean temple courtyard, and is used by the company employees for pilates, meditation, and social events like barbecues and urban camping.