HAEAHN and Haenglim Win Second Place in KOMIPO Power Plant Design Competition


HAEAHN and Haenglim Win Second Place in KOMIPO Power Plant Design Competition

Claiming second place in a recent competition for Korea Midland Power (KOMIPO), HAEAHN Architects, in partnership with Haenglim, presented a bold new design that combines a power plant and an office building. The dual-use structure, which will include a park and a restaurant, was designed as a way to break the raw and industrial image of the traditional power plant. In keeping with this idea, the design would be built on and replace Danginlee, the first power plant ever built in South Korea. The architects planned that the new factory will commemorate the old one, while attracting more local traffic to the area. See details of this award-winning design after the break.

Interior of the restaurant.  Image courtesy of HAEAHNInterior of the atrium.  Image courtesy of HAEAHNInside view.  Image courtesy of HAEAHNInterior of the hall.  Image courtesy of HAEAHN+ 24

Outside view.  Image courtesy of HAEAHN
Outside view. Image courtesy of HAEAHN

Danginlee Power Station, built in the 1930s, is recognized as one of the city’s first large electrically lit buildings. The HAEAHN and Haenglim building would commemorate its significance by erecting their own tower-shaped factory. The design is actually centered around the 100-meter-high chimney required for ventilation of the plant. This movement gives the building a feeling of monumental height and hides the ventilation chimney in order to avoid the appearance of a traditional industrial building.

Schematic of the program.  Image courtesy of HAEAHN
Schematic of the program. Image courtesy of HAEAHN

The design intention to be a monument to the old factory is further indicated in the massive 18-meter-high concrete walls that demarcate the exterior of the building. These walls will have a stone facade which gives the structure a sense of timelessness and permanence. Around these walls are outdoor art exhibits, making both the building and the site what architects call a “cultural plant.” In its entirety, the proposal would attract not only factory workers, but average citizens to the site.

Main aerial view.  Image courtesy of HAEAHN
Main aerial view. Image courtesy of HAEAHN
Sitemap.  Image courtesy of HAEAHN
Sitemap. Image courtesy of HAEAHN
  • Competetion

    Seoul Office Establishment Combined Cycle Integrated Design Competition

  • Price

    2nd place

  • name of the project

    Seoul Thermal Power Plant

  • Architects

    HAEAHN Architecture, Haenglim
  • Site

    56 Tojeong-ro, Mapo-gu

  • Customer

    KOMIPO

  • Zoned

    17,519.9 m²

  • Project year

    2014

  • Photographs

    Courtesy of HAEAHN

  • Competetion

    Seoul Office Establishment Combined Cycle Integrated Design Competition

  • Price

    2nd place

  • name of the project

    Seoul Thermal Power Plant

  • Site

    56 Tojeong-ro, Mapo-gu

  • Project year

    2014

  • Photographs

    Courtesy of HAEAHN

  • Zoned

    17,519.9 m2



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