• Client:
  • Undisclosed
  • Location:
  • JeJu, Korea
  • Status:
  • Design Development 2011


A new hotel on a UNESCO world-heritage listed mountainous island includes seven terraced buildings in an s-shaped arrangement naturally cascading up from the shoreline. 

2000 apartments and hotel rooms around a terracing façade and atrium connect to form a continuous green landscape throughout the hotel and link to a beachfront forest. Hanging gardens and undulating rooftop parks bring nature into the volcano-shaped buildings. Voids allow natural light into lower levels and increase ventilation. 

The curved building shape allows for varied designs and flexible room sizes creating different typologies. The interior design philosophy is based on voronoi patterns, strata layers and soft shapes. Features include generous roof terraces and full height glazing, external sun shading by roof overhang, solar powered intelligent louvres. 

Three "crater" atria distinguish the three hotel components - business, family and entertainment - and give each of them a dramatic and unique vertical space.  The hotel rooms are organised into zones of activity which are interpreted as islands. They are ‘LAVAfied’ into curvilinear, elegant, inbuilt structures of multifunctional nature. Materials and surfaces reflect the overall themes of volcano and ocean with local artworks.

This project presented an opportunity to create atmosphere within the standardised hotel room layout that considers functionality and efficiency but then radically reinterpreted them into a new form of hotel experience.

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Design: Toko / Development: Damien Aistrope