- Architects: Dongjin Kim (Hongik University), L'eau Design
- Location: 142 Dosan-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
- Design Team: Sanghak Lee, Jongbum Park, Ikhyeon Joo, Haein Park, Donghwi Jung, Jihye Yoon, Jeongyeol Kwon
- Area: 373.49 m2
- Project Year: 2015
- Photographs: Shin, Kyungsub
- Cm: CBRE Korea
- Constructor: Samil Enterprise Co., Ltd.
- Structural Engineer: SDM Structural engineer
- Civil Engineer: SK Engineering
- Electric Engineer: HANA Consulting Engineering Co., Ltd.
- Mechanical Engineer: HANA Consulting Engineering Co., Ltd.
- Supervision: AI Architects
- Client: Hansae Limited
- Site Area: 631.30㎡
- Gross Floor Area: 6,909.21㎡
- Building To Land Ratio: 59.16%
- Floor Area Ratio: 799.84%
- Floors: B6, 16F
Text description provided by the architects. So far, the beauty was like that an object reproduces the sublimity of nature or reaches to the ideal aesthetic standard like the golden ratio. However, the contemporary art seems to keep the distance from the previous beauty. Modern architect, Adolf Loos, who said that ‘the decorations are the sins’, discussed the value of the architectural aesthetic in tune with the time. But, whenever we see high-rise buildings composing the urban concrete jungle, they just generate individual aesthetic values of the sculptures and showy images like a nightclub, they actually have no concern about the intrinsic value requested by the present day. The site is located in the centre of the Gangnam Daero and in a row of high rise office buildings. Due to the globalization of the Korean medical technology of cosmetic surgery, a new type plastic surgery hospital building that is connected with the associated medical facilities and has a total management program integrated with beauty and care is emerging in the Gangnam area.
This total plastic surgery centre requires a new type of architecture that is different from a medical facility dealing with just a single subject or a general university hospital. In order for diverse programs to have space enough for their programs, each volume was planned that inner and outer surfaces are designed together, and a space for a specific function has its own properties in the exterior. These formed programmatic bands allow building a vertical stacking composition freely. This means an active architectural response in accordance with the change of the client and the time, such as the scale alternation of hospitalization, treatment, and operation space and the change of the business operation. If the Seagram Building by Mies was planned to change the inner space by the neutral architecture, the ID Hospital is the architecture having the programmatic flexibility giving the characteristic of a specific space by itself.
This ID centre suggests the Editologocal Gradation Tower responding to an evolving program by the flexibility of the vertical stacking arrangement. In the body of the tower, 16 floors are composed of two sections, medical and beauty care. And the top floor is arranged as the Roof Lounge for a lobby area, and the Meditel Lounge is placed for counselling and specialized consultation at the below the top floor. Also, the Beauty-Care Lounge is arranged in the basement. The three lounges are placed dispersively upon consideration of the flexibility of the programs to help the circulation of the high-rise building. The first floor, which can be crowded, is left open as a free access hall. Also, the Gradation Skin of the plastic arrangement made by the programmatic band will an element adopting the environment, changing in accordance with the characteristic of the inner programs or the vertical arrangements. In the process of construction, there was two alternation of the vertical arrangements by two programmatic changes.
Now, it discards the solid building in a well-dressed suit, and then, the responding architecture combined with changing the inner programs by itself from the alternation of the exterior environment is required as leaving the possibility of partial change open. In contrast to the previous high-rise buildings have a limitation for users to adapt to a uniform system regardless of the inner programs by concentrating on the exterior surfaces, this architecture makes the plastic edit by the change and insert of the programs possible architecturally. The value of the modern aesthetic seeks the value of the selection and wish to respond to the endless changes. And it requires no fixed rigid body, but a body available for the plastic edit, which makes responses to instant changes partially possible.