The KEPCO Headquarters designed by Haeahn Architecture + H Associates is located in Naju, South Korea. The site strategies in the project challenge the clearly segregated tower / podium / landscape hierarchy which dominates the current office complex typology. The design inverts the normative scheme to create a polycentric, campus-like organisation with dispersed volumes and lively public promenades. The plan opens up in the center of the site, creating a vibrant and open civic space from which one can access all of the public facilities.
In addition to more common sustainable strategies which are incorporated in the overall campus design – including PV panels, wind turbines, geothermal heat exchangers, and water retention & purification facilities – the central tower also features an innovative circulating atrium. The atrium serves a programmatic function – connecting workers between floors with express connections, while also serving as a ‘breathing spine’ for the building, supplying fresh air via stack ventilation, in addition to natural daylight.