Kyungki Provincial Government Suwon, South Korea
The design of the Small Business Center was a response to a competition by Kyungki, a provincial government in South Korea, for a 76,860 square meter facility that would support the region’s small business community and would help firms become more established and profitable during their startup phase.
The selected site is at a major intersection and traffic artery in Suwon City at the gateway to its heavily populated urban center. The design concept was based on the desire to provide a clear presentation of the campus to the public. All office functions were consolidated into a tower and the lower base buildings were unified to create a balance with the tower. The complex is set back from the road with the primary public spaces and primary outdoor spaces oriented towards the major intersection to the southwest. This also helps maintain visibility from the intersection since the level of the site is substantially below grade. A line of illuminated aquatic spires responds to the size of the tower and provides 24-hour a day interest and drama to the complex.
The complex is equipped with two auditoriums that can also be adapted for alternative uses including a banquet facility. Conference facilities are equipped with high-tech communication technology. The facility also features a development research institute, educational facilities, restaurants, fitness center, a hotel, and retail space.