South Korea: Construction has started on the 150-room HH Resort Hotel and Spa at Gangneung.
Designed by New York-based Richard Meier & Partners Architects, the resort will feature a “world class restaurant”, a wellness spa, a banquet hall, amphitheatre, exhibition hall, beach house and various amenities.
Set on a hillside pine wood facing Korea’s East Sea, the project will consist of two main buildings and several supporting facilities placed throughout the site.
Dukho Yeon, design partner-in-charge at Richard Meier, said: “It is quite a challenge to design a good building on a site so spectacular and powerful by itself. The design here embodies our firm’s constant belief in the dialogue and striking the delicate balance of architecture and landscape, while creating a building both graceful and sensuous, and taking every advantage of the inherent culture and heritage of the site.”
Richard Meier said: “I am extremely pleased and excited to see our first project in Korea take shape, a project with a very special programme in a wonderful setting. The design is a result of our close collaboration with the owner, a dedicated team of local architects and consultants, James Corner Field Operations, and L’Observatoire International. I believe the design will complement the beautiful Korean landscape rich in history and tradition and offer striking architecture and interiors for an unparalleled world class resort.”