The Galleria department store is a new, monolithic stone and glass structure that was recently completed in South Korea’s Gwanggyo neighborhood. The fledgling establishment is the sixth and largest branch of the high-end retail franchise owned by Hanwha and designed by Rem Koolhaas’ architecture firm OMA made in partnership with the local Korean architecture firm, Gansam.
Onlookers will immediately notice the building’s striking, mosaic stone exterior that has rows of geometric glass protruding from it. OMA channels the natural environment for this bold design while complementing it with the surrounding high-rise buildings. Those entering the building will maze their way through stone walkways that will lead to the “public loop” that offers hidden vistas of the city. A communal garden is also located on the rooftop for shoppers to relax and enjoy.
Check out Galleria Gwanggyo above and visit OMA’s website to view more innovative building designs.
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#OMANews Department store Galleria, designed by OMA / Chris van Duijn, has opened in Gwanggyo, a new town just south of Seoul. The Galleria’s stone-like appearance makes it a natural point of gravity for public life in Gwanggyo. Photography by Hong Sung Jun @galleria_gwanggyo #gwanggyo #southkorea