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CJ GROUP HEADQURTERS

WITH

Cannon Design, Shanghai

&

Yazdani Studio, Los Angeles

POSITION

Senior Design Architect

CLIENT

CJ Corporation

SCOPE

New Pharmaceutical Office and Lab Corporate Heaquarters 

Laboratories

Office

Common Spaces

Landscape Design 

LOCATION

Seoul, South Korea

STATUS

Completed 2016

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.