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CJ GROUP HQ

LOCATION:

Seoul, South Korea

CLIENT:

CJ Corporation

SIZE:

36,000sm

YEAR:

2016

WITH
Cannon Design, Shanghai & Yazdani Studio, Los Angeles

​POSITION
Senior Design Architect

SCOPE
New Pharmaceutical Office and Lab Corporate Heaquarters
Laboratories
Offices
Common Spaces
Landscape Design

DESCRIPTION
Nobel prize-winning biochemist Albert Szent-Györgyi once said, “A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind”. This explains the common bond between: Corn Flakes, Dynamite and Viagra; they were all discovered by accident.

For the Integrated Research & Development Center of the Korean Pharmaceutical, Biological, and Food giant Cheiljedang Inc., a scheme was developed wherein three partially independent research towers gathered around a light-filled atrium. This central space encourages the development of accidental discoveries through chance occurrences between researchers in disparate departments as they move through and socialize in this zone dedicated to interaction and circulation between floors and departments.