Modern architecture in Seoul

Seoul is filled with modern structures and some very finely detailed buildings. Visiting a design district, we came upon the Hermes Museum, located appropriately in the basement of the Hermes building.

At the entrance to the museum, one feels they are in a surreal forest, a la Alice in Wonderland. No actual products can be seen among the blue-tinted “trees.” At the back of the space, you can then see each tree has a void in which a product history showcase sits. The low key artistic approach of Hermes was a wonderful experience. The use of tinted glass, reflections, and excellent detailing is worth studying. It was in the past mostly in Japan that this finely detailed glazing was done. Now, Korean architects do great work within these modern buildings.

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