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R&D Hub Kolon One & Only Tower

Expressing innovation and sustainability


Kolon Industries is a chaebol, one of the family-led conglomerates that turned post-war South Korea into an economic power house, and is now one of that nation’s dominant players. It began by making synthetic fibers (Kolon is an abreviation for KOrean nyLON) but has branched out into clothing, chemical research, and much else. Its chairman, Lee Woong-Yeul, wanted a prominent symbol of his vibrant company (headquartered in a provincial city) and commissioned Morphosis to design a new research facility in Seoul. The 75,000 sq. m building is located in Magok, a new R&D park beside the Han River on the north-west edge of the city. Formerly the site of the city airport, it is now a forest of cranes, as other corporations crowd into this prestigious complex. Kolon was one of the first, and occupies a prime site beside the waterfront park. Two nine-story blocks of laboratories and...

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