Red Mirror Strips by Wise Architecture

Red Mirror Strips

Red Mirror Strips
Photo © kyung Roh

In Yeoksam-dong 618-2, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, there is a two story building covered with layers of horizontal mirror strips and vertical red transparency strips.

Red Mirror Strips
Photo © kyung Roh

Overlapping transparency and reflection, these layered strips of different materials create a strong visual illusion.

Red Mirror Strips
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Walking along the narrow stair passage between the layers, the visitors may feel dizzy not only because of the optical repetition but because of the trembling of the strips.

Red Mirror Strips
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The stair passage links the ground level to the roof deck changing the ordinary views of typical commercial blocks in Seoul to a phenomenal experience.

Red Mirror Strips
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We call the stair passages with red and mirror strips an “Architectural promenade of phenomenal landscapes.”

Red Mirror Strips
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The stair passage emerged from the clients’ requirement to allure visitors to enjoy the building and distinguish it from the neighborhood.

Red Mirror Strips
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We believe that the building does not bother the passersby because the stainless strips to some degree absorb the street landscape. The structure of the building follows the image of the strips.

Red Mirror Strips
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Instead of the general H-shape steel columns, numerous thin hollow steel sections support the building. It is like glazing the mullions to maximize building transparency from the interior.

Red Mirror Strips
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The building consists of many layers of materials: from steel, glass, super mirror strips, red transparent polycarbonate strips, and then back to super mirror strips.

Red Mirror Strips
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These layers make the in-between space of the stair passage fluid and blur its boundaries. They challenge the idea that architecture exists as a rigid structure in solid state. Source by Wise Architecture.

Red Mirror Strips
Photo © kyung Roh
  • Location: Yeoksam dong 618-2, Kangnam, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect: Wise Architecture
  • Project Team: Sung-ho Kim, Chang-ho Shin, Bok-ki Lee, Jung-hoon Lee, Eun-young Kim
  • Structural Engineering: Bong-woo Nam, Seoul Structural Engineering
  • Structure: RC + Hollow Steel Structure
  • Landscape Design: Dae-young Lee, Studio L
  • Construction: COAZ construction Co.
  • Finishing: Glazing, Stainless Frame, SS super mirror, Transparent polycarbonate w/ colored film
  • Site Area: 463 m2
  • Building area: 228 m2
  • Gross floor Area: 647 m2
  • Building scope: B1, 2F
  • Year: 2015
  • Photographs: kyung Roh, Courtesy of Wise Architecture
Red Mirror Strips
Photo © kyung Roh
Red Mirror Strips
Photo © kyung Roh
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Site Plan
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Basement
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Ground Floor Plan
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First Floor Plan
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Roof Floor Plan
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