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“Amore Pacific” research and design center

Kimjong Kyo | Carlos Castanheira | Alvaro Siza Vieira

Asia | Yongin-si

The South Korean project recently completed by the architect practices of Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira involved designing a new building at the headquarters of a well-known local cosmetics corporation. Dubbed a “campus” for the numerous buildings on site, the complex lies about 40 kilometres from Seoul.
The large new R&D building contains laboratories, offices, lecture rooms, multi-purpose environments and visitor reception facilities. Set in large grounds enclosed at one end by a wooded copse, the new building dialogues with its pre-existing neighbours across broad stretches of lawn whose natural slope is accentuated by a series of low walls marking out the approaches to this, the main campus building.
An imposing structure, it stands assertively in its plot heedless of the sloping terrain. The elevations vary widely. To the south - site of the unostentatious main...

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