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Seoul, Korea

Gensler implemented an innovative vision for COEX – Asia’s largest subterranean shopping and lifestyle complex – by reconfiguring visitor circulation, creating new gathering places, and opening its primary focal points to daylight and views. Internal circulation is rooted in the idea of an “urban river,” reflecting the flow of people and energy throughout the site. Centered on the concept of “The Unfolded Sky” – peeling back the streetscape to reveal the sky from below – the underground spaces are opened to sunlight and air, celebrating the connection to nature, and giving the mall a vibrant street-level presence that positions it as a center of civic life in Seoul.