The EXEM Magok office is a stand-alone building with 2-storey underground parking area and 8 floors above ground, and a total floor area of about 14,876m2. It is a creative space with love for nature and people. It’s been 22 years since the foundation of EXEM. There had been so many ideas and sparks when it comes to ‘how we are going to build the brand new EXEM Magok Office Building?’, eventually we can proudly say that it is the exact result that combines EXEM employees’ dreams.
EXEM's new headquarters inherently contains the value of 'connection'. This is the intention of designing so that people's chance encounters can continue from the architectural planning stage. Finally, all executives and employees here will continue to innovate by providing products and services to customers while growing creatively. Of course, our will and social responsibility to provide excellent experiences is going to continue in the future.
The disconnected structure of layered separation prevents the employees from getting together. We designed a large void on the middle floor of the building and connected the intended empty space with an X-shaped staircase and a Y-shaped bridge to integrate the entire workspace, enabling frequent communication and move from different floors.
Connection and separation coexist in EXEM Magok. The open structure of each floor maximizes chance encounters among employees to encourage active relationships, while appropriately creating a private space that considers the diverse personalities of employees to express openness and concentration.
When you enter the lobby, you will notice a shallow pool starting from the outside of the building. During the day, sunshine is beautifully reflected on the water and brightens the whole lobby, making the building a part of nature. What’s more, in EXEM Magok, you will find plenty of plants everywhere. Especially when you step on the 4th floor, the indoor forest area soothes your eyes and offers a great sense of healing. One of the characteristics of EXEM Magok is that many spaces are integrated and connected to each other rather than being separated.
The angle of the louver is adjusted through solar radiation calculation to determine from what time the sun comes in through a solar radiation test. Since the main façade is facing west, the direction of the aluminum louvers was turned at 45 degrees, blocking sunlight from the west and securing a view to the northwest. Aluminum louvers on the exterior walls actively block solar radiation, so energy can be saved during air-conditioning compared to other buildings that block light with curtains.
In order to give the building a sense of openness, electric louvers are installed on the elevation of the 6th floor. The folded-up shape resembles the eaves of a hanok(한옥), and opens inward like a window. When the louver is closed, it gives continuity to the exterior, while when you open it, the interior space communicates with the outside, creating a lively image that gives dynamic movement rather than a static building.
The cross section of the louver is in the shape of an X, which symbolizes EXEM, and a mold was created exclusively for EXEM and used to make the louver. The X-shaped module is a façade formed by combining basic modules, representing that data is combined to form a data cloud. It is also a symbol of C.I.(Corporate Identity), the symbol of EXEM.
The water from the outdoor landscaping area flows naturally into the lobby, creating a seamless connection with the outdoors. A large, shallow pool extending from outside the lobby into the building diffuses natural sunlight, enhancing the feeling of being immersed in nature.
Looking through the expansive windows, the garden appears almost like a painting. When viewed from the lobby a little further back, it showcases a lively scenery of nature nestled within the artificial landscape of the interior. The outdoor garden on the 1st floor evokes a traditional Korean landscaping feel, with elements commonly found in Korean gardens, such as a bedrock that adds vitality by spraying and dripping water naturally, installed throughout the landscaping.
The space is designed as an expandable area, with movable seats that can be stored away. During events or lectures, it can be transformed into a terraced auditorium by moving out the seats. A 300-inch large screen has been installed for presentations and multimedia displays, and a sliding window allows the space to be expanded into the lobby, providing additional flexibility for various activities.
Located on the same level as the lobby and the PHILINNOVATOR hall, the professional gym FITNESS X seamlessly blends into the building's design, creating a sense of continuity. Equipped with high-end exercise equipment, employees can elevate their fitness levels at any time, day or night.
An indoor garden named ‘Data Forest’ has been created in the office space on the 4th floor. It is designed using planteriors that bring plants indoors and comprises of moss, volcanic stones, and plants commonly found in places like Jeju Island. Drip irrigation facilities are buried underground to ensure efficient planting management. A trail is placed in the space that crisscrosses the forest, providing the feeling of walking in an actual outdoor natural space. This is a space where employees can immerse themselves in nature even while being indoors.
We applied thick sealers on the glass walls of the server room and installed lights inside the racks to allow the light from the servers to illuminate the entire space. Additionally, we created a demo room adjacent to the server room, which serves as the heart of EXEM. This room features a large screen and furniture such as a newsroom desk that can be used to showcase our solutions or as a publicity spot.
EXEM Café, named EXPRESSO, is a unique space where visitors can enjoy various types of delicious coffee brewed by a skilled barista. During business hours, it operates as a cozy cafe, but after work hours, it transforms into a cube box, adding a touch of novelty. The cafe has a monotone color scheme, and a virtual world feeling is expressed through the use of metal material.