South Korean architecture studio D·LIM has completed a multipurpose facility for CJ, one of the country’s largest companies. Located at the center’s golf club on Jeju island, the subterranean project avoids disrupting views of the surrounding forest and natural landscape. More than half of the volume is located beneath the ground level, with a large opening in the roof allowing light to filter through to the spaces below. The circular void is in the shape of CJ’s official logo, which is a symbol of joy – the meeting rooms and workspaces are positioned around this core element to absorb natural daylight and energy from the sky.
The underground spaces consist of meeting rooms and a multipurpose hall, which can be used as a sports facility for tennis and basketball matches. The sloping roof garden is accessible from the ground, merging seamlessly with the parking to enable one to walk directly on top of it. The shape of the structure also functions as an amphitheater, with outdoor seating for more than 300 people on integrated stone chairs and a grass surface.