Seamarq boutique hotel in South Korea completes construction

3 February 2016 (Last Updated February 3rd, 2016 06:23)

The former Hyundai Hotel Gyeongpodae in Gangneung, South Korea, has completed its reconstruction and is now renamed Seamarq Hotel.

Seamarq

The former Hyundai Hotel Gyeongpodae in Gangneung, South Korea, has completed its reconstruction and is now renamed Seamarq Hotel.

The renovation project began in 2013 and was undertaken in the run up to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Richard Meier & Partners designed the 19-floor boutique hotel that comprises of two main buildings and supporting facilities on a 52,830m² site.

It is the first project of the architects in the Asian country.

Located on a hill of pine trees, the structure overlooks the East Sea, Gyeongpo Lake and the Taebaek mountains.

A 11-storey trapezoidal tower is perched on top of a four-storey base, which houses 150 guestrooms.

Most of the rooms have ocean views, while some provide views of the Gyeongpo Lake and the distant Taebaek mountains.

The Hotel Tower is anchored to the summit plateau and located close to the ocean, while the Banquet Hall has been designed as a separate building floating on pilotis on the lower beach.

The two buildings are connected by a bridge and integrate into the landscape.

Richard Meier said: "Our primary goal for the Seamarq Hotel has been to create a strong sense of place by enhancing and transforming the existing site in a dramatic way. Many of the cues for the design came from the site, such as its light, its landscape, its topography.

"Our primary goal for the Seamarq Hotel has been to create a strong sense of place by enhancing and transforming the existing site in a dramatic way."

"Perhaps the most important initial decision was to work with the configuration of the land and to design the hotel complex in relation to the existing topography."

The porte-corchere opens to a two-storey lobby lounge and bar facing the sea at ground level with a wraparound outdoor deck as an extension of the lobby.

The restaurant is located one level below the lobby, and the spa below that, with spaces open to the dense vegetation and landscape.

A presidential suite is at the top of the tower and includes a terrace and courtyard garden.


Image: The 19-floor boutique hotel includes 150 guestrooms. Photo: courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP.