Sunrise Unification Observatory

Date. 2015
Location. Goseong, South Korea
Type. Observatory
Size. 761.05 sqm
Client. Steel Life

Architect. Yesong Architects

Owner. Goseong-Gun


The Sunrise Unification Observatory is located at the northernmost point of South Korea. Commissioned by the South Korean government, its design and location encourages its visitors to reflect on the division between North and South Korea and the potential for a future reunification. The observatory is comprised of a reinforced concrete and steel structure clad in a combination of anodized aluminium panels and low-emissive (Low-e) double-glazed glass panels

Design Scope of  Work

  • Rationalization of the facade surface
  • Panelization with fabrication requirement
  • Optimization of the panel size and geometry
  • Data extraction and documentation

Design Value Delivered

  • Ensured the facade surface is fully rationalised and inherently build-able to maintain the design intent.
  • Developed the most advantageous panelization strategy with fabrication constraints.
  • Optimized the fabrication and construction of the facade panels to reduce the cost and time, and increase quality.
  • Produced high quality construction and fabrication documents from the BIM.