In South Korea, the largest department store in the country, Galleria, has opened in Gwangju. It was designed by the architectural bureau OMA. The goal set for the bureau’s specialists is to create a building that would become a “natural center of gravity” for city residents.
The architects conceived a structure that would be unlike those of Gwangju. Therefore, the shopping center is made in an unusual shape, reminiscent of a large cobblestone interspersed with precious stones. This impression is created by the multifaceted glass inserts that run through the entire building. They are not only decorative: glass elements allow light to enter the shopping center, and also through them you can get into the garden located on the roof in the highest glass gallery of the building. From there you can also admire the panorama of the city.
The shopping center also plans to hold exhibitions and various city events.
Photo: Hong Sung Jun for OMA