Rainbow Publishing House and Residence, Paju Book City (Complete)

The client aspired to a building that would enhance creativity and also improve wellbeing. Medical findings from the American Journal of Epidemiology show a direct correlation between stair climbing and longevity, and this building is designed around the main stairwell as a lookout point and a special experience. The publishing house makes biographies, and the 100-year stair has a bookshelf for each year between 1916 and 2016. As employees and family climb the stairs every day they walk through Korea’s history. The building counts how many flights each family member has climbed and they can compete for who has done more.