Foster + Partners break ground for Korea tyre research centre


A ground-breaking ceremony has been held for the Hankook Technodome, a state-of-the-art research and development facility for  tyre manufacturer designed by Foster + Partners.

The centre is located in Daejeon, South Korea and has an unusual design. Rather than a conventional arrangement of offices above testing areas, the building is arranged as five fingers, with parallel office and industrial units.

 The research spaces extend from a top-lit central spine, which runs from the restaurant in the south to the accommodation for staff in the north.


 Glazed oval meeting pods are suspended above the full-height space, which acts as a light well, drawing daylight through the building and into the staff social spaces below.

The centre targets LEED ‘gold’ and integrates a number of sustainable design strategies, for example waste heat from the research and development centre is used to heat the residential accommodation, and a lake at the southern entrance to the site harvests rainwater for use in cooling.

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