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Seoul Coffee / LABOTORY

Posted On: May 17, 2018   |   Posted By: Arch Daily

Seoul Coffee / LABOTORY

© Yongjin Choi
Architects: LABOTORY
Location: 166-31 Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Area: 120.0 m2
Project Year: 2017
Photographs: Yongjin Choi
Direction And Oversight: LABOTORY / Kimin Park, Jinho
Design And Audit: LABOTORY / Seulki Yu, Suhjeong Lee
© Yongjin Choi
Text description provided by the architects. Seoul Coffee aspires to create an atmosphere reminiscent of Seoul in the 1980's and 1990's. Rather than doing a complete re-enactment of those times using new items, the focus is on using items that had been preserved from the past. As such, the first site selected was in the Hanok Village in Ikseon-dong. The Mongwon-dong branch that forms a part of the franchise was selected for the elements that could be built upon to play up these aspects of conserving a classical style. But naturally, there were challenges in using/ conserving old items. Simply being old was not enough for an item to warrant its use. We needed several items that would give a classical feel even if they were new. Spots...

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