Jongno-gu Governmental Office

Architect: Jadric Architektur ZT GMBH
Korean Partner Architect: Urbanindexlab, Lee Youngseok
Type: Internationaler Wettbewerb
Location: Seoul, Südkorea
Projectteam: Jakob Mayer, Nikolaus Punzengruber, Federica Rizzo, Byonghun Lee, Max Krankl, Aydin Daglar Tatlav, Veronika Schmidt
Visualisations: Claudio Anderwald Computergraphics (
Translation and Editing: Byonghun Lee, Daria Jadric

City Gate – View to the central Courtyard

Coexistence of memory and future – architecture with character creates urbanity!
The main aim of the project was to create a building with a unique character. The clear design reflects the main use of the building. Despite the different proportions of the complex spatial program, the building exudes a great calm, which gives stability and balance to the moving street scene and the square.

Programmatic Organisation

Solidarity and exchange between the civil administration and townspeople. 
Transparency and integration are the two important features of contemporary political culture. Adequate spatial solutions have to find new answers for problems that arose in the past. The programmatic arrangement is seen as a product of overlap and integration.

Three times green: gardens on three different levels over the city
View to the Bugaksan mountain

The building as a balance and stability element in the urban structure
The shape of the building is calm and dynamic at the same time. The view is open towards the Gwangwhanmun Square, Bugaksan and Namsan. The place itself is characterized by permanence and renewal and testifies to an incomparable metropolitan identity.

The multi-storey base connects the ground floor with the 2 basement floors

The dialogue between the present and history
The planned building has a special position in the ensemble of high-rise buildings. Its front is horizontal to Gwangwhanmun Square. Its positioning stabilizes the spatial structure of the square. Its geometry produces a three-dimensional public square in the middle and creates a dignified and logical end to the important urban axis of Mugyo-ro Street.

Reconstruction of Jeongdojeon’s Residence
The building as a window to the city

Gate situation and Jungang (Central) – Madang
The ground floor, which is open on all sides, leads directly into the heart of the building. The atrium is not only the central arrival zone, but also the main event space for art installations, concerts, lectures and other cultural activities. The building can also be understood as a window to the city – to Gwanghamun Square and the aboveground and underground city. 

Green space and Circulation concept

Endless space (open office system)
 The building as a time symbol represents an active, cyclical time – the spiral of time and anti-time, the measure and the cause of all changes in the world. The economic concept of the construction is reflected in the support grid of 6.00 m, which is continued from the existing structure. This gives the entire structure maximum flexibility. Due to the consistent repetition of the skeleton grid, the structure on all floors is open to changes. 

Dialog of materials and colors with the environment
The materiality also reflects the integral design approach, which is driven by the search for authenticity, transparency, meaning and clarity. The shell is finely meshed like a textile fabric divided into segments made of ceramic, of similar proportions. The result is a balanced facade structure whose color pattern structure (from dark to light) gives the entire urban composition lightness.


Three times green: gardens on three different levels over the city
The roof gardens, which are important for people’s well-being in their free time, are visible from all floors. Panoramic terraces connect the functional horizontal stratification of the “multilayer city”, from public to private. 

Upper Floorplans