CJ Only One Center by Cannon Design

South Korea’s CJ Corporation will soon have a new world-class research and development headquarters in Seoul, courtesy of international A&D firm, Cannon Design.

Conceived as “The Only One,” this 1.2 million-square-foot building will consolidate the corporation’s previously disparate pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food products businesses into a single location, increasing efficiency, enhancing innovation and accelerating speed to market.

The CJ Only One Center co-locates the full spectrum of research and development facilities in three high-rise towers arranged around a dynamic central atrium, with a café bar, meeting rooms and laboratory spaces at each level. Placing all aspects of CJ Corporation’s science on display was central to the radical scientific innovation concept. On each floor, collaboration is facilitated through the seamless integration of offices, labs and amenity spaces, and a series of themed double-height interaction spaces linking each tower.

Designed for optimum flexibility and adaptability, the three towers can accommodate a wide range of complex scientific facilities, including basic science labs, specialist product development labs, data centers, a multianimal vivarium, scale-up facilities and a number of pilot plant installations.

The building also extends CJ Corporation’s “Healthy, Joyful and Convenient” lifestyle vision with a wealth of employee amenities on the first and second floors, including a gymnasium, café, restaurant, childcare, retail and educational facilities, and a variety of themed social, professional and digital collaboration spaces of various scales and sizes.

Light flows from circulation corridors at the building perimeter through full-height glass walls to the laboratories at each tower’s core. Traversing the exterior are a series of dynamic perforated shading ribbons that automatically respond to shifts in solar exposure and changes in internal heat production throughout the year. The double-layered façade will provide significant energy savings and contribute to an interior environment optimized for scientific functionality and occupant comfort.

Construction on the CJ Only One Center is underway now. Visit www.cannondesign.com for more information.

WATCH: Renderings of Cannon Design's CJ Only One Center come to life in the I&S Media Center.