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Myeongdong Tower

Seoul, Korea

The renovation of the lower floors of this existing office tower will invite a new retail culture to Seoul’s historical context as part of an ongoing effort to encourage a pedestrian orientation. The lower six floors — including a two-level parking garage — have been reconfigured and redesigned into a colorful and vibrant new retail complex comprising contemporary glass façades and public landscaped terraces. An open atrium connects all six floors with an integrated circulation core housing glass elevators, open stairs and escalators. As design architect, Gensler collaborated with Dong II, architect-of-record, throughout construction.