Cheongdam Retail, Givenchy Store Gangnamgu, Seoul Building, South Korean Architecture
Givenchy Flagship Store Seoul
Cheongdam Retail Development in South Korea – design by Piuarch, Architects
16 Dec 2017
Givenchy Flagship Store in Seoul
Location: Cheongdam ward, Gangnamgu shopping and fashion district, Seoul, South Korea
Givenchy Flagship Store in Seoul, South Korea
A building covered by a skin of dark coloured sheets of steel that changes with the light and rests on a glazed base revealing minimalist-style interiors: the new Givenchy Flagship Store in Seoul is a dynamic structure generating varying optical effects.
Photos © Kyungsub Shin
Designed by Piuarch in partnership with the cerative director of the French fashion house, Riccardo Tisci, the new Givenchy space is located in the prestigious Cheongdam ward of Gangnamgu shopping and fashion district of Seoul.
The fashion’s house store is built over four levels accommodating the various collections. It features simple geometric forms: a cube-shaped structure resting on all-glass ground floor.
The structure is clad with electropolished steel sheets. Its surface features some highly distinctive sculptural traits: undulating, sinuous sheet metal perforated in a regular pattern. As the surrounding landscape changes throughout the day, the skin covering the building in a distinctive dark-coloured shade reflects and deform the light, so that the architecture is perceived in different ways.
The ashlar-work on its surface alludes to Givenchy’s research and experimentation with fabrics and Italian art from the 1960s: optical art is embodied in the rounded metal cladding sheets. The kinetic façade – with an oil-slick geometric graphic structure – turns into an urban landmark due to the cut at the top of the structure: its edge opens up to form a T-shape made of satin brass.
This architectural feature evokes Givenchy’s trademark T cut: the structure’s shimmering, shiny skin (evoking the fabrics in its latest collections) opens up in the shape of the brand’s symbolic leitmotif.
The building, which is covered on the outside by a “soft and precious garment”, features minimalist-style, geometric spaces on the inside. A careful study into materials played a key part in the design of the interiors, selecting unusual stones with different chromatic features: white Calacatta marble with grey-coloured veining and brighter coloured basalt stone.
The ground floor shapes the interior space: detached from the wall and made of ramps rising in different directions, it is covered with black Sahara marble, a dark-coloured fine stone with white and gold veining running through it.
Givenchy Store Seoul – Building Information
Architectural and interior design: Piuarch
Floor space: 400 sqm
Client: Givenchy Group
Photographs © Kyungsub Shin
Givenchy Flagship Store Seoul images / information from Piuarch Architects
Location: Cheongdam, Seoul, South Korea, East Asia
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