Barkow Leibinger

Barkow Leibinger
Schillerstraße 94, D–10625 Berlin
T +49(0)30 315712 -0 F -29

TRUTEC Building, Seoul, Korea

A 50meter high mid-rise comprising exhibition and office space has been constructed within the ‘Digital Media City’, a new urban quarter is situated in Seoul between the international airport and city center.  Given the uncertainty of adjacent neighboring buildings we proposed a building which is clad in a skin of faceted reflective glass panels. It quite deliberately sits between complete artistic free play (relief, sculpture) and standardized seriality, and draws its aesthetic strength from this tension. 

The outcome is the fortunate result of what was initially a problematic situation: by intentionally assimilating the surrounding buildings onto the façade of the TRUTEC Building through reflection and optical fragmentation, we could react while still not knowing what the emerging surroundings would ultimately offer. The polygonal surfaces fragment any given contextual surroundings into a kaleidoscope of infinite pixels. 

Project Information

Architects — Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger


Team Design and Construction — Martina Bauer (Project Architect), Matthias Graf von Ballestrem, Markus Bonauer, Michael Schmidt, Elke Sparmann, Jan-Oliver Kunze



Showroom, Cafeteria, Office



Seoul, Korea



20.000 sqm



2005 - 2006



2008  AIA Honor Awards for Architecture

2007  Korean Civil Engineering,

Building Technics Award

2005  "Possible Futures"

Bienal Miami+Beach, Acknowledgment


TKR Sang-Am Ltd.


Contact Architect        

Chang-Jo Architects, Seoul, Korea


Structural Engineer     

Schlaich Bergermann and Partner, Stuttgart

Jeon and Lee Partners, Seoul


Façade Consultant                    

Arup Façade Engineering

Alutek Ltd., Seoul, Korea