station NEO, Seoul

Designed by: Archi@Mosphere
For client: station NEO Floor area: 990.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
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The only virtual reality of the station NEO.

About the Project

station NEO is a leading co-working office incubating tech startups in South Korea. The ultimate goal of Archi@Mosphere is to create a space enables flexible communication and synergy effect between tripartite; station NEO, startups, and supporters.

We create an environment where active synesthetic interaction occurs between members through offering a new form of co-working office where Korean unique sentiment applied in.

These days, Seongsu-dong is a booming business district in metropolis Seoul but the ordinary building where it is located has some issues: low ceiling height, a dark atmosphere, and a low-efficient environment for office. However, this building had structurally well-constructed and useful rooftop as a merit. So, we embodied the Korean sentiment in communal space by overlapping small pocket spaces and make it connect to circulation, so they can use it as a ‘communication hall’ which also minimizes dead space.

To enhance interaction frequencies between users, we located several courtyards that aligned along a vertical axis to the rooftop. In addition to this, we set each small pocket spaces to meet more than two sides to communal space so people can enjoy abundant sunlight while working. We tried to present future-oriented atmosphere by intangible airflow seems to flow around freely among the box-shaped spaces which could be seen in a different dimension.

What’s unique about it

The project well-describes innovative, functionally user-friendly and well-use of material aspects that Frame Award pursues.

The existing co-working space has an issue with setting a range of communal space. So, we proposed a Korean co-working space, station NEO, containing Korean unique sentiment by a new approach to communal space.

Basically, a form of Korean co-working space is maximizing communication efficiency through elimination of existing plaza type communal space and diversification the size of communal space to small pocket spaces. It’s based on “The Korean tends to have a high-intimacy in a low-scale space”. And it also appeared in a way of ‘a circulation’ which enhances interaction frequencies and a form of securing small communal space. It not only minimizes dead space and increases community efficiency spontaneously but also enlarges a size of the business by establishing a suitable environment for occupants. In addition to this, as an exposed structure in a workspace and big windows gives a choice of openness and closure to occupants, they have a sense of larger space. And it makes the sunlight flooded into every single space in . It became spatial and visual satisfaction to occupants after all.

Since the business opened only three months, all rooms are occupied. And it has been tremendously interesting in Shared work-space industry.

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The courtyard between seventh and eighth floor.

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A natural sunlight deeply flooded into the space.

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The aesthetic volume of the floating overlapping boxes.

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The night view of the courtyard in the seventh floor.

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A reception area in the seventh floor.

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An aerial Photography of the rooftop.

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The beauty and details of materials.

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Endless expansive scene of the station NEO.

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The night panorama of the rooftop.


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