Mosaic stone and glass facade for Korean retail store
Photographer: Hong Sung Jun
Netherlands-based Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) designed the Galleria in Gwangyo, Korea, which was to design a place where retail and culture, city and nature collide, and which offers a get away from the predictability of shopping.
This upscale department store franchise is located at an intersection between Nature and the urban environment. The store has a textured mosaic stone façade that evokes the nature of the neighbouring park, and appears as a sculpted stone emerging from the ground.
The public route has a multifaceted glass façade that contrasts with the opacity of the stone. Retail and cultural activities inside are revealed to the city’s passers-by through the glass, while visitors inside acquire new vantage points to experience the city. Formed with a sequence of cascading terraces, the public loop offers spaces for exhibitions and performances. The store’s stone-like appearance makes it a natural point of gravity for public life in the city of Gwanggyo.