MVRDV'S dual struc­tured en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­ity sits as the cen­tre­piece of a new tourist hub

MVRDV’S The Im­print, a dual struc­tured en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­ity, sits as the cen­tre­piece of a new tourist hub in Par­adise City, a White-and-gold Art-en­ter­tain­ment Com­plex

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The Im­print, a 2-build­ing com­plex near Seoul’s In­cheon Air­port, fea­tures a night­club in one build­ing and an in­door theme park in the other. It is part of the larger Par­adise City com­plex of 6 build­ings, which will pro­vide a full suite of en­ter­tain­ment and ho­tels. The twin con­crete win­dow­less mono­lithic forms have three key de­sign el­e­ments: im­prints of the façade fea­tures of sur­round­ing build­ings, lifted en­trances, and a golden en­trance spot cov­er­ing one cor­ner of the night­club build­ing. The chal­lenge was to de­sign an ex­pres­sive façade that con­nects with its sur­round­ings even though it has no win­dows. The de­sign achieves this by pro­ject­ing the façades of the

sur­round­ing build­ings in the com­plex, which are ‘draped’ over the sim­ple build­ing forms and plazas like a shadow, and ‘im­printed’ as a re­lief pat­tern onto the façades. To achieve this, the façade is con­structed of glass-fi­bre re­in­forced con­crete pan­els. As many of the 3,869 pan­els are unique. The con­struc­tion re­quired moulds to be in­di­vid­u­ally pro­duced us­ing MVRDV’S 3D mod­el­ling files from the de­sign phase. Once in­stalled, these pan­els were painted white to em­pha­sise the re­lief in the de­sign. The golden spot is the project’s most ob­vi­ous and at­ten­tion-grab­bing el­e­ment. The golden colour is achieved sim­ply by us­ing gold paint in­stead of white and is re­in­forced by the light­ing of the fa­cades at night: while most of the façade is lit from below, the gold spot is high­lighted from above. The en­trances, where the façades are lifted like a cur­tain to re­veal mir­rored ceil­ings and glass me­dia floors, ex­ude a sense of the ex­cite­ment hap­pen­ing in­side.

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