Arup supports development of Amorepacific headquarters in Seoul

13 July 2018

The new headquarters of South Korean based beauty care conglomerate Amorepacific have recently opened in Seoul, with the project supported by Arup in conjunction with David Chipperfield Architects.

The new Amorepacific building, which is a cube approximately 100 meters in width and height, offers a host of sustainability features, maximising the use of natural light and solar energy. Arup and architectural firm David Chipperfield Architects worked together in its development, with Arup focused on the structural engineering work.

Amorepacific, a beauty care conglomerate, opened its new headquarters in Seoul on June 16th. The building was developed over a three-year period and covers around 30 storeys and a total floor area of 216,000 square meters. The building aesthetics are described by its architects David Chipperfield Architects (DCA), as ‘abstract and gestural’ with overflowing hanging gardens and wide-open spaces.

Aside from DCA, Arup contributed to the design and development of the building – which is a single clear volume with a layout centred around a central courtyard with three openings to maximise the natural light and ventilation to the building itself. The central space opens through three large segments to views of Yongsan Park and the regional mountains.Arup supports development of Amorepacific headquarters in SeoulArup was responsible for structural engineering for the project, which covered everything from fire, wind and acoustics to the building’s physics, façade and lighting design. The firm, in concert with DCA, designed and developed the unique skin of the building, which integrates shading of the internal spaces as well as ventilation – leveraging vertical fins that maximise natural light penetration while controlling heat gain.

The building also features access walkways through green-spaces, combining reductions in energy consumption with improvements to staff well-being. And aside from the workspace provided to the company, the building offers a museum, a large auditorium, a library, and a childcare facility, as well as restaurants, bars and cafés.

Commenting on the project, Eva-Maria Hinkers, Director, Arup Germany said; “With our holistic approach, we developed a building for Amorepacific which optimally incorporates the climatic and cultural characteristics of Seoul, with architecture and engineering perfectly complementing each other.”

Christoph Felger, Partner and Design Director at David Chipperfield Architects in Berlin further remarked on the design; “The concept of a high-rise courtyard building – offering a silhouette and more importantly a place to be – takes reference from Korea’s rich and versatile architectural heritage. Spatial and social adaptation of this cultural knowledge ensures that the building provides more than a company workplace, but rather a public destination for all, bridging the past with the present and thereby establishing an identity that is rooted in its time, place and history.”

Surbana Jurong strikes deal to develop shipping corridor across Mexico

19 April 2019

Singapore-headquartered urban and infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong has been appointed as a master-planner for the Interoceanic Corridor project in Mexico.

At 40 kilometers wide and 300 long, Mexico’s slated $150 million Interoceanic Corridor will dissect the country’s Tehuantepec isthmus to connect its Atlantic and Pacific coasts – with the aim of facilitating trade and fast-tracking local economic growth. Now, the project has a new and far more distant connection, with the involvement of Singaporean-headquartered infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong.

Striking a deal with the Mexican state governments of Veracruz and Oaxaca, Surbana Jurong will develop a strategic plan for the Interoceanic Corridor as well as provide master planning on two associated special economic zones, in what the rapidly growing firm states is a significant milestone in its international aspirations – which over the past few years have already seen its presence grow to 130-plus offices in more than 40 countries.

“We are privileged to be appointed as master planners for the Interoceanic Corridor project. Surbana Jurong has a strong track record, having delivered master plans for projects in over 30 countries and are pleased to contribute our expertise towards Mexico’s development success,” said Surbana Jurong Group CEO Wong Heang Fine on helping to unlock the region’s economic potential.Surbana Jurong strikes deal to develop interoceanic corridor across MexicoAccording to the firm, the agreement will see Surbana Jurong perform a detailed review of the Interoceanic Corridor including its broad socio-economic benefits to the region and potential growth industrial clusters, with the strategic plan comprising of recommendations on market positioning and development directions, proposals for utilities and services infrastructure, and zoning plans to identify land use distribution along the corridor.

In addition, the firm will devise the master plan for two economic development areas along the Interoceanic Corridor in the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca, guiding the physical development of the two industrial sites through planning of land use, infrastructure, utilities and transportation – with the aim of “creating a conducive environment for investment and providing a quality living environment for the people that live and work there.”

“We are pleased to see the partnership continue to make progress since we started this conversation a few years ago,” said Khor Aik Lam, Latin America Regional Group Director of Enterprise Singapore, which helped facilitate the deal. “The strong commitment and joint efforts from all parties have culminated in this milestone venture to bring Singapore’s economic development capabilities to Mexico.”

Connecting the ports of Salinas Cruz on the Pacific coast and Coatzacoalcos on the Atlantic, the local Interoceanic Corridor is one of a number of proposed or under development cross-continental shipping routes to rival the Panama Canal, including routes across Guatemala and Nicaragua – with the contemporary race harking back to the 19th Century when a number of American industry and shipping titans fought to be the first.