Norman Foster's 'technodome' breaks ground in South Korea
The facility will recycle heat for use in neighboring buildings and harvest rain from a nearby lake for cooling purposes.
In Daejon, South Korea, a city where more and more technological companies are clustering, a research and development center called the Honkook Technodome is now under construction.
The design by Foster + Partners organizes offices, labs, and social spaces into five "fingers," putting different work spaces parallel to each other, designboom reports. This allows increased visual and physical interaction between different departments.
The structure is organized around a central spine, which stretches from north to south. Over the central space, oval meeting pods are suspended to bring natural light into the building. United by a silver roof canopy, the complex has shutters that can be lowered to provide shade.
For sustainability purposes, the center recycles heat for use in neighboring buildings and harvests rain from a nearby lake for cooling purposes. According to Foster + Partners, the Building Team will seek LEED Gold certification once the technodome is finished in 2016.
All renderings courtesy of Foster + Partners.