Architectural design and construction

Architectural design and construction

around the universe

I got off the train station, got into a taxi, and asked him to go to Pohang University of Science and Technology. I thought I could go down to a suitable place on the campus and look for it, but as soon as I enter the campus, the momentum appears etc without finding anything. The Pohang Incubation Center is located on the side of the main entrance road to the campus and faces the Central Library. Located between the river buildings in the north and the research buildings in the south, it serves as the cornerstone connecting the eastern and western axes divided by roads. The first impression of the metal cubes hanging from a large friez-like plate-shaped block 60 meters wide and 80 meters high is at once heterogeneous and futuristic, like a spaceship crashing into the campus through space. The architect long lamented that it had been modified due to earthquake resistance and construction cost issues during the detailed design process, saying that it would have been nice if the panel-block cantilever had fallen a little longer and contrasted with the suspended blocks below were sharper.


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Architectural design and construction

Upon entering the interior, the first thing that catches your eye is the combination of the six-story lobby and the surrounding hexagonal rooms, and the flowing linear staircase that connects each floor. It is the impression that the external image is linked to the internal spatial structure to build an organic and integrated environment. As Thomas Friedman asserts that “the world of the twenty-first century is flat,” it is an age of boundless competition in which historical and geographic separation becomes increasingly meaningless, requiring more creativity and individual and collective cooperation from businesses and individuals to maintain competitiveness. Therefore, in modern workplaces, there is a demand for a space plan of a complex nature that can easily switch modes while balancing space for immersion, communication and relaxation, rather than just thinking about efficiency. When a design request is received, there should be a request for multiple functional spaces. The architect’s interpretation and philosophy are involved in determining how to classify and integrate them, and what characteristics should be given to each space. The architect classifies the space into four categories: a space that reveals the identity of the nursery center, an individual research space as an immersion space, a shared research space for collaboration, and a space for relaxation and communication. He said he wanted it to be revealed in architectural form soon. An ecosystem in which the sense of space created by the three-dimensional interweaving of the lobby filled with several common spaces, the individual or communal research spaces surrounding the courtyard, and the courtyard with natural light in between, harmoniously intertwine. Visually executed.

At first glance, the POSCO Incubator Center has an indoor open space that is similar to the ratio of open space to half of the total area due to its communal nature. This is very different from buildings constructed in the last century, where the common space existed as a moving space connecting the functional rooms. It is as if Jean Gilles’ theory that many unexpected communal activities take place in a vague outdoor space (public space or intermediate area) located on the boundary between buildings, has been shown to be effective in interior space.

Jang Yoon-gyu said, “Unsaeng-dong’s work style is an inductive one that makes and chooses from all possible alternatives, and the architectural ideas produced as intermediate results from work over the past ten years have accumulated greatly.” (I was pretty envious at this point.) This way of working can be a scalable way to respond to different conditions, as opposed to the architectural production method which makes clothes tailored to a specific program. In addition, many projects in Unsaeng-dong take a strategy to create a complete module by integrating module modules, a clever strategy to achieve complexity and liveliness in the form and composition of the interior space. As the meaning of the company name “(Gi) Unsaeng-dong”, the architecture of Unsaeng-dong feels dynamic energy. POSCO Incubator Center, which has implemented an ecosystem like the campus universe, can be a suitable model for this era not only as a junior support center, but also in the logic of building an exclusive space and a common space. I look forward to the day when various events will take place in this vibrant post-Corona space, and people will be busy coming and going, doing extensive research, sharing ideas and collaborating everywhere.

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the design
Jang Yoon-gyu (Kookmin University) + Unsaeng-dong Architects Office (Shin Chang-hoon, Kim Mi-jeong) + POSCO A&C (Jung-hoon, Kim Dong-geun)

design manager
Unsaeng-dong Architects Office – Yang Won Joon, Ko Eun Sol, Lee Chang Geun, Han Na Rae, Jo Seo Yoon / Bosco A&C- Kim Dae

your location
77, Cheongam-ro, Nam-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Education and Research Facility

Land area

building area

Total area

Seventh floor above ground, first floor underground

225 cars

38.6 pm

Build to Cover Ratio

floor area ratio

Steel and reinforced concrete frame

outer end
Double glazing, metallic finish

inner end
Metal, marble, carpet tile, wood, etc.

Structural design

Mechanical and electrical design
Shinil and C


design period
2019. 6. ~ 2020. 9.

Establishment period
2020. 3. ~ 2021. 6.

construction cost
70 billion won

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