Friday, October 2, 2020

JONG NO OFFICE BUILDING, South Korea by budi pradono / budipradono architects a+u


Urban design as essentially an ethical endeavour inspired by the vision of architecture and public art. Every City or urban region whatever its in hereinto natural characteristics  of site and terrain and man-made problems has a potential which tems from its own natural form, sense of place, sense of history, spirit and ethos. In this case Jong No office building is a challenge both for organising the program and building itself in response to the existing environment. 

Imageability in a city like Jong No may be said to be both  a perceptual concept and physical or visual entity it is the interpretation of various layers of a city's images-its form, profile and experiences over a period of time.Imageability refers to probability that an environment will evoke as strong image from observers, imageability on this area is probably the single most important factor in the identity of a place, so that way we tried to understand the cityscape, the materiality of surrounding building. So that’s way how to build a dialogue between old building and new architecture, to become a new public space. 

We proposed to bring the nature on top of the building as catalyst of the office around it and at the same time as a new related theme with seoullo sky garden To make it government building also as public space.

In Townscape brought for the relationship between building and external space in the urban context. We stressedon the subjective values in relationship of elements vis a vis the observer superimposing our concept of urban design strategy with  acknowledging ground realities of socio-cultural patterns and imaginary form of several facades and building surrounded the site. Copper looks glass as the answer to the surrounding environment, this also inclusively with cladding that made the traditional pattern looks new again, and as the responsive aspect from surrounding towers. We made a special bridge structure to show the mixture and the spirit of contemporary city. 


LINKAGE as the urban development strategy. The building mass is tilted and angled based on certain direction to link the surroundings with the government office site.

The office site is surrounded by several tall and middle height buildings. There are tall buildings next to our site on the south side, and middle height buildings on the north, east, and west side. We want to respond the urban scale by playing with the skyline and framing the view.

We manage to raise the south facing building mass to match with the skyline. Stepping mass also applied by lowering the mass portion on the centre side (the preserved building). It is also done in order to capture the Changdeokgung Palace and the city view from above. 

A diagonally tilted building mass is designed facing the Yi Sun Shin Admiral Statue on the south west side, and Changyeonggung Palace on the north east side. The building mass is also tilted based on the surrounding buildings position, so it would not block the view. 

Pedestrian entrance also located on the north and east side as the most pedestrian come from. Fire trucks entrance is located in the hook area (south west side), connected directly to the main road, to easier the operation. Private vehicle entrance is located on the east side, connected to the secondary road, so that it would not interfere the fire truck operations.



Gyeongbokgung Palace as the main royal palace of Joseon dynasty served as historical and one of the most important building that we should respect. It is located on the north west side of our site.

Architecturally, we respect it by cutting the building mass’ edge, so it is directly facing to the palace. Therefore, people inside the office building can directly enjoying Gyeongbokgung Palace beautiful view. People from outside (especially from Gwanghwamun Square) can also notice the office building.


In order to respect the preserved building, we do not renovate/change much of the original structure and design. To make the new office buildings harmonize with the preserved building, we use the same façade language and adjust the new building mass position. The stepping mass is added above the preserved building to make it integrated with the new buildings. Technically, the new buildings’ structure is independent and does not interfere the preserved building.


The façade is designed in a square shape, similar to the preserved and surroundings building façade. It create such a harmonize and non-alien façade language. 

Vertical lines on the stepping mass is added to make the buildings looks higher and synchronizing the tall buildings on the south side. Horizontal lines on the firefighter building mass is also added to make the building looks bigger and make the building above feels like floating.


\Firefighter area as one of the community main function also served as the city’s heart. The city would not be able to operate well & safely without firefighter. We translate it architecturally by placing the fire fighter on the centre of the site, with red colour façade and its connected to the main road.


Government centre is created to serve the community. In order to translate that, we created holes on the building mass on the ground level as the entrance gate, so that community can access directly to the government centre through the holes. Some public functions are placed on the ground level so it is more publicly accessible. This government centre also serve as public’s dialogue space, it is also reflects the government’s openness to the society. 


The courtyard purposes as the connector the community with their activity. So, in order to respond the urban in the area and also the community needs in the area, we set the courtyard not just in the below on the building, but also in the top of the building. 


We make the first floor as a public area, so the public can access the building. In the first floor, there is a cultural centre and health centre. As for the cultural centre, there is a hall that located in the basement. This is to prevent the noise that come from the hall, so the noise is not disturb the users of the office and the public centre. Also, in the first floor, there is a firefighter office.

In the middle floor, there is a building that extends to the front. That building is the council centre. It is the office for any council official activity, such as court.

Finally, the rest of the floor is the government official office. The more it goes up, it will become more private. Since we divide it according to the government sector that we think has the most important to not be disturbed / privately. 


We make the circulation on the building horizontally and vertically. This is because the site of the building is located near main street and there is a roundabout near the building. With this way, the user can easily to come in and come out the building. This, also to prevent the traffic in the building area.

Jong No Office Building South Korea

Company: PT. Budipradono architects a+u

principal and directors: Budi Pradono & Reini Mailisa

Designer team: Budi Pradono, Sigit Ashar, Joshua Pratasik, Fransisca Yongsie, Pornapha Earn, Agusdio Jovan, Farel Fauzan

competition coordinator: Joshua Pratasik

model maker: Liesbeth, Farel Fauzan, Pornapha Earn








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