JDS Architects to design Seoul’s hybrid Officetel Building

JDS Architects was commissioned to design a hybrid office and hotel, the Officetel Building, for the new development area of Gangnam Bogeumjari District in Seoul, South Korea.

The 10 story building consists of retail, amenities and 700 accommodation units with approximately 269 square feet for a single person. With the project resting upon a hill, JDS has allowed the building to define a courtyard that opens toward the natural terrain, allowing the nature qualities to become an integrated part of the site as well as the new building.

The building also defines a new dimension for the officetel typology. On the street side, JDS shifted the units to give space for terraces. The 409,000 square foot project is for Shinyoung Co. JDS partners in charge are Henning Stüben and Julien De Smedt; with the project led by Heechan Park. Junglim Architects collaborated for the project that costs $42 million. The Officetel Building is slated to be finished within the year.

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