Galleria Department Store facade


Seoul, South-Korea, 2003–2004

The Galleria Department Store project had two main goals. The first was a new façade that projects a lively, ever changing surface. In total 4330 glass discs are mounted on the existing concrete skin of the building. The glass discs include special dicroic foil generating a mother-of-pearl effect during the day, whilst during the night each glass disc is lit by LED lights which are able to be programmed to create a multitude of effects. The second goal was the renovation of the interior.


Client: Hanwha Stores Co., LTD
Location: Hanwha Stores Co., Ltd. / 515, Apgujung-dong / Kangnam-ku / Seoul 135-110 / Korea
Building area: Façade 3.278 m², interior 21.986 m²
Programme: Façade design, refurbishment of interior, design of interior furniture
Status/phase: Realized December 2004
Photos: Christian Richters

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UNStudio (Architect Schematic Design and Design Development phase) 
Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos with Astrid Piber, Ger Gijzen, Cristina Bolis, Markus Hudert, Colette Parras, Arjan van der Bliek, Christian Veddeler, Albert Gnodde, Richard Crofts, Barry Munster, Mafalda Bothelo, Elke Uitz, Harm Wassink

Structural engineers: Arup & Partners, Arjan Habraken (Schematic Design)
Lighting Design: Arup Lighting, Rogier van der Heide IALD, Simone Collon
Wayfinding Design: Bureau Mijksenaar, Martijn Geerdes (Design Development)

Executive Architects
Façade Design: RAC – Rah Architecture Consulting Executive architects
Interior Design: Kesson International Executive
Lighting Design: Eon/SLD

Façade Construction: Dongshin C G E Co. Ltd, Dongshin Glass Co. Ltd.
Façade Lighting: Xilver B.V.
Interior Construction: Hanwha Engineering & Construction Corp.
Façade Construction: Hanwha Engineering & Construction Corp.