The New Galleria Store in South Korea Looks Like a Giant Work Of Art

This year the architects at OMA completed an amazing project in a new town called Gwanggyo located south of Seoul, in South Korea. It’s the sixth branch of the Galleria franchise, the upscale department stores that have been leading the premium retail market in the country since the foundation back in the 1970s.

The building has a total surface of 137213.0 square metersView in gallery
The building has a total surface of 137213.0 square meters

This new structure is positioned at the center of the town, surrounded by tall residential towers. It has a very unique and interesting design. What would otherwise be a very solid and simple geometric structure similar to a giant square box has been transformed here into a work of art. The majority of the building’s exterior is covered in texture mosaic stone which forms beautiful patterns, like a large pixelated painting.

Generally speaking this is a contemporary structure, cubicle in shape and with a very artistic designView in gallery
Generally speaking this is a contemporary structure, cubicle in shape and with a very artistic design
There are numerous such glass sections throughout the building, all featuring multifaceted glass facadesView in gallery
There are numerous such glass sections throughout the building, all featuring multifaceted glass facades

There are also a few sections that appear as if they’ve been taken over by giant gems growing out of the building. These areas have multifaceted glass facades that run across a series of cascading terraces. These glass sections create a visual link between the interior of the building and the outside world. They add depth and character to the building and they look futuristic but also quite organic from the outside. Some of the inspiration for this unusual design came from the natural beauty of the nearby park, in particular, the more organic lines and shapes scattered throughout the structure. The contrast between the stone and the glass sections is a very strong one but at the same time these surfaces complement each other and work in unison to turn this building into a giant canvas and a magnificent example of architectural beauty.

The glass sections resemble giant gems growing out of the building and spreading across the facadesView in gallery
The glass sections resemble giant gems growing out of the building and spreading across the facades
The contrast between the glass and the stone surfaces highlights the unusual and unique design of the buildingView in gallery
The contrast between the glass and the stone surfaces highlights the unusual and unique design of the building
Inside the store, the layout takes advantage of the exposed sections to highlight the viewsView in gallery
Inside the store, the layout takes advantage of the exposed sections to highlight the views
Some of the areas framed by the glass facades serve as large gallery spaces for various exhibitions and eventsView in gallery
Some of the areas framed by the glass facades serve as large gallery spaces for various exhibitions and events
There are also walkways and terrace which run along the glass facades, cascading seamlessly between the floorsView in gallery
There are also walkways and terrace which run along the glass facades, cascading seamlessly between the floors