Andrew Michler

Korea’s New Galleria Citycenter Boasts the World’s Largest Illuminated Facade

by , 04/15/11

building skin, Daylighting, green building envelope, green mall, moire pattern, Taiwan Mall, translucent building skin, UN studio, UN studios

UN Studio‘s complex layered layout is wrapped in a day-lit, futuristic skin. Unlike most malls, this one takes a vertical approach, saving energy and land. Based on a propeller typology, the interior flows around a central pavilion with four wings allowing visitors to take multiple routes through the complex to discover the shops, entertainment and food venues. Just a quick train trip from the city center, the simple shape of the exterior betrays the variety of the spaces inside.

The double-layered glass and translucent skin on the exterior allows light to penetrate into the white-colored core of the building, reducing energy consumption and connecting the inside with the outside. The facade’s fenestration creates a moire ripple effect in the day time, and at night it becomes a kinetic light show.

+ UN Studio

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  1. metis April 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    conspicuous consumption and light pollution? ok so it’s exterior can glow green….. have you folks entirely given up? inhabitat used to have solid reporting on actual improvements and innovations in green design.

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