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The Gijang Waveon cafe was designed to maximize the available view
The Gijang Waveon cafe was designed to maximize the available view
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Fans of concrete architecture should find a lot to like about the Gijang Waveon
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Fans of concrete architecture should find a lot to like about the Gijang Waveon
Designed by Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects, the Gijang Waveon cafe comprises three stacked forms that are placed to maximize the view
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Designed by Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects, the Gijang Waveon cafe comprises three stacked forms that are placed to maximize the view
The Gijang Waveon's concrete is broken in parts with Swiss cheese-like holes which are meant to resemble eroded seaside rocks
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The Gijang Waveon's concrete is broken in parts with Swiss cheese-like holes which are meant to resemble eroded seaside rocks
The Gijang Waveon is topped by a rooftop viewing point
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The Gijang Waveon is topped by a rooftop viewing point
For seating, Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects installed multiple stepped wooden platforms
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For seating, Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects installed multiple stepped wooden platforms
Top-down view of Gijang Waveon's Pyeongsang wooden platforms
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Top-down view of Gijang Waveon's Pyeongsang wooden platforms
Gijang Waveon's interior features traditional wooden seating
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Gijang Waveon's interior features traditional wooden seating
The interior of the Gijang Waveon features generous glazing which frames the view at multiple angles
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The interior of the Gijang Waveon features generous glazing which frames the view at multiple angles
The Gijang Waveon's interior is very well done and despite the uniform material palette, doesn't seem harsh
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The Gijang Waveon's interior is very well done and despite the uniform material palette, doesn't seem harsh
The Gijang Waveon cafe comprises a total floorspace of 500 sq m (5,381 sq ft)
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The Gijang Waveon cafe comprises a total floorspace of 500 sq m (5,381 sq ft)
The Gijang Waveon's three forms are joined by a large ramp
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The Gijang Waveon's three forms are joined by a large ramp
The Gijang Waveon was completed in December, 2016
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The Gijang Waveon was completed in December, 2016
The Gijang Waveon cafe was designed to maximize the available view
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The Gijang Waveon cafe was designed to maximize the available view
Architectural drawing of the Gijang Waveon
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Architectural drawing of the Gijang Waveon
Architectural drawing of the Gijang Waveon
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Architectural drawing of the Gijang Waveon
Architectural drawing of the Gijang Waveon
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Architectural drawing of the Gijang Waveon
Architectural drawing of the Gijang Waveon
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Architectural drawing of the Gijang Waveon
Architectural drawing of the Gijang Waveon
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Architectural drawing of the Gijang Waveon

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.

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.

The Gijang Waveon cafe comprises a total floorspace of 500 sq m (5,381 sq ft)
The Gijang Waveon cafe comprises a total floorspace of 500 sq m (5,381 sq ft)

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

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