Kwangjang Architects* Leading the Application of Wood Framed Infill Walls in Midrise Buildings
In 2017 Kwangjang Architects has successfully completed the first mid-rise commercial building incorporating wood framed infill wall, partitions and roofs project in Korea. They have first applied wood infill walls and partitions for non-residential building project in 2013 for 7 storey project to house kindergarten and nunnery in Seoul.
The main reason for designing the commercial building with wood walls and roofs in reinforced concrete structure was the unique design it allowed in order to distinguish itself from other boxlike buildings in the very competitive leasing market. In addition to the eye-catching design, combination of wood walls and roofs with reinforced concrete frame has turned out to be very cost competitive than ordinary all concrete buildings.
The combination of unique design and cost competitiveness has attracted more customers and two more projects are currently under construction in Sokcho-si on the East Sea of the Gangwon Province and in Seoul.
* The principal architect of Kwangjang Architects, Hyun Wook Lee, one of the most renowned wood champions, has popularized the affordable and energy efficient wood frame duplexes known as Peanut House in Korea.