The Beck Group Earns AIA Award for Harim Group Headquarters

  • Oct 16, 2019

The Beck Group-designed Harim Group Headquarters is a recipient of the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award. Each year, AIA celebrates the best buildings and spaces—and the people behind them—with some of the most prestigious awards in the built environment.

“Designing the Harim Group Headquarters was a rewarding experience, so it truly is an honor to see the Dallas Chapter of the AIA is recognizing our design contribution for an international project locally in Dallas,” says Associate Principal of Design Jay Chung.

This recognition is the third design award for the project from the United States and South Korea. Early this year, it took the Gangnam City Beautiful Buildings Grand Prize. In 2017, the project earned the Korea Institute of Registered Architects Excellence Design Award.

Located in the Gangnam district of Seoul, South Korea, the 86,000 SF mid-rise building features three stories of retail space, including upscale dining, a café, an art gallery, and an automated parking garage. The office space is the headquarters to Harim, Korea’s top agri-food corporation. The building is an excellent demonstration of the sustainable design strategies enhancing natural ventilation, beautifully detailed and well-executed.

In addition to serving as architect, Beck provided interior design and sustainability services for Harim.

Harim wanted its new corporate headquarters to reflect its focus on sustainability while also having a strong identity on the street and in the skyline, particularly at night.

To reduce Korea’s high-energy cost and enhance indoor air quality, the design team used an operable window system for natural ventilation. The design also features high-performance Low-E coated windows, LED light fixtures, a building automation system, a green roof, rainwater harvesting system, and an underfloor air distribution system.

An ‘S’ shaped recess in the façade is a design signature that also creates a low-pressure zone, which facilitates natural ventilation on each of the floors.