Seoul Coffee, a new cafe in the Korean capital's Ikseon, has multiple inspirations from the past that, ironically, result in an entirely modern design. The shop was built inside of a traditional Korean building, and it adheres to many of the classical design aspects inherent in that structure. However, the designers themselves, a local firm called LABOTORY, and the proprietors of the shop wanted to create the feel of Seoul in the 80s and 90s. Seoul Coffee's appearance is the end product.
Hanoks are the traditional buildings that sparsely populate areas of the Korean capital. In designing a coffee shop, the structures have both pros and cons. Their inherent beauty and classic style is a clear plus, but they weren't designed to handle the modern service industry, and that's what LABOTORY had to work around.
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'Seoul Coffee' in Informed by Traditional Building Design
1. Retro-inspired Design - Opportunity for businesses to incorporate retro elements into modern designs, creating a unique and nostalgic atmosphere.
2. Adaptive Architecture - Potential to redesign traditional buildings to accommodate modern businesses, showcasing a blend of old and new aesthetics.
3. Cultural Revival - Growing trend of businesses embracing traditional and cultural elements to create a sense of nostalgia and authenticity.
1. Hospitality - Hotels, cafes, and restaurants can leverage retro-inspired design to create memorable and immersive experiences for customers.
2. Architecture - Architectural firms have the opportunity to adapt traditional buildings to suit the needs of modern businesses while preserving their cultural significance.
3. Retail - Retail stores can tap into the cultural revival trend by incorporating traditional elements into their store designs, attracting customers seeking an authentic and unique shopping experience.