Fans of concrete architecture should find a lot to like about this recently-completed project in Gijang, South Korea. Designed by Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects, the Gijang Waveon cafe consists of stacked concrete blocks which are arranged in an attempt to maximize the available view.
Commissioned by a client requiring a 500 sq m (5,381 sq ft) building atop a hill that would ensure as many customers as possible could gaze toward the sea, Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects designed three angular concrete forms, each connected with a ramp.
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The interior of the cafe features ample glazing, which frames the view at multiple angles and the concrete structure is peppered in places with Swiss cheese-like holes, echoing eroded seaside rocks. It's all very well executed and judging by the photos, doesn't appear overly cold or harsh despite the uniform color and use of materials.
Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects used both standard tables and chairs and traditional Korean furniture made up of stepped wooden platforms for people to sit and drink. The building also culminates with a rooftop viewing point with more seating.
We've covered a few notable projects that make fine use of concrete lately, including Lebanon's Casa Brutale and Peru's award-winning UTEC. South Korea boasts more than its fair share of outstanding concrete architecture too and IDMM Architects' website is worth checking out for some more concrete eye-candy.
The Gijang Waveon was completed in December, 2016.
Source: IDMM Architects