Designed to be a landmark for the area’s housing district, Dutch architecture studio OMA has completed work on the Galleria department store in Gwanggyo, South Korea. Featuring a stone facade with a multifaceted-glass passage cut into it, we’re not entirely sure whether it’s a proverbial beauty or beast.

OMA Completes Multifaceted-Glass Department Store in South Korea

The cube-shaped Galleria department store in Gwanggyo is designed to resemble a cross-section of earth. To achieve the aesthetic, OMA clad the building in tessellated beige and brown triangles of stone and broke up the geometric shape of the department store with a multifaceted-glass passage which has been wrapped around the building.

The Galleria is Korea’s first and largest upscale department store franchise founded in the 1970s. The glass passage of Gwanggyo’s store starts on the ground floor of the 10-storey department store. Making its way up through the floors, it passes twice around the building, providing access to each floor and finally to the roof terrace.

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On the basement floor of the building a food market and deli are located, with eight retail floors residing above it. On the eighth floor you’ll find bars and restaurants, while on the ninth and tenth floors there’s a multi-screen cinema. The eleventh floor is described as the “lounge and academy”. Galleria is also home to a culture centre and a roof garden, which are both found at the top levels of the building.

Find out more about the design of the Galleria department store in Gwanggyo over at the OMA Website. Photography is by Hong Sung Jun.

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In other design news, Qatar is looking to accommodate fans expecting to head to the country for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and one solution being devised by Finnish company ADMARES is a set of sustainable floating hotels.

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