Nicolas Borel

DRAPED: A Sculptural fabric-inspired facade for the House of Dior in South Korea by Christian de Portzamparc

Located in Seoul, South Korea, the 4400+ sq m Christian Dior Flagship Store features a prominent sculptural white facade inspired by the shape and movement of fabric. Designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc together with indigenous architects DPJ & Partners, the facade of the store is composed of 11 curvaceous panels (each one measuring 6m x 20m) of self-standing Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic (GFRP).

Christian-Dior-in-Seoul-by-Christian-de-Portzamparc-16 Christian-Dior-in-Seoul-by-Christian-de-Portzamparc-20 Christian-Dior-in-Seoul-by-Christian-de-Portzamparc-19 Christian-Dior-in-Seoul-by-Christian-de-Portzamparc-18 Christian-Dior-in-Seoul-by-Christian-de-Portzamparc-17 Christian-Dior-in-Seoul-by-Christian-de-Portzamparc-15

As concepts go, this takes the cake. The translation of form and texture of fabric into a building facade, without making use of actual fabric, is quite exemplary. The slender and subtle curves almost perfectly mimic fabric draped over a manikin. Its both wonderful to behold and I bet even better to experience.

Here’s a look at how the elegant panels were formed, as well as the resultant facade. (Images courtesy Nicolas Borel), as well as a short interview with Christian de Portzamparc himself, the man behind the concept and design.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11composition

If you’d like to see the rest of the project, go here.

[via contemporist, aasarchitecture]