There's no sense in tearing down a good building when you can renovate it into a super sustainable one - and that's exactly what UNStudio is going to do to the Hanwha Headquarters in Seoul. The tower's entire facade will be replaced with an animated LED facade and an integrated photovoltaic shading system that will ramp up its wow factor and energy efficiency. Add to that indoor gardens, a new vegetated lobby, improved indoor comfort and additional daylighting and you've got a stellar green renovation and a high performance office tower.
Hanwha Group manufactures photovoltaic panels and environmental technology and they felt their office tower no longer reflected their values or met their needs, so they asked for proposals to renovate their Seoul headquarters. UNStudio, led by Ben van Berkel, won the design competition and will overhaul the entire building with a new facade and remodeled common spaces, lobbies, meeting rooms, executive areas, and landscaping. UNStudio teamed up with Loos van Vliet to cover the landscaping, Arup for sustainability consulting and facade renovation, and agLicht as for lighting consulting.
The facade will go through a total renovation with the addition of new windows, shade devices and lighting. An integrated and animated LED facade will reference nature, data processing and energy forms to make the tower a recognizable and memorable building. The facade incorporates daylighting, shading, and view strategies to allow more light into the office space while minimizing heat gain and glare. Building-integrated photovoltaics will generate electricity for the tower as well.
Sky and winter gardens will be installed throughout the building to provide elements of nature, while improved exterior landscaping will create a welcoming space for employees and visitors. The lobby will be planted with living walls, and natural materials will create a relaxing environment. Hanwha is one of the world’s leading photovoltaic manufacturers, and their newly renovated building’s sustainability strategies will speak to the company’s goals.