Glamping on the Rock
South Korea-based company ‘Archiworkshop’ created a glamping tent collection designed to enhance the act of camping into a luxurious retreat. follows the aim of seamless integration into the rocky pine forest and mountain environment. The buildings are divided into three structures along the slope to merge with nature, alongside the realisation of two “glamping” concepts.
“We want the visitors to be very close to the nature and have all the stress behind, When visitors go glamping, they can have comfort like the luxury hotels, but have the direct view to the nature.” Hee-Jun Sim / ArchiWorkshop
Both the buildings and the glamping units are positioned along the inclined slope. The last structure on the lowest side is used as a welcome centre. The facade of the building features a combination of mirror and black cedar wood panels, while mirror panels embrace the surrounding nature.
The site is located on the outskirts of Seoul and is famous for pine forests and rocky mountains. The project embraces the characters of this region. We strive to express the atmosphere of the site. When people visit the site, they should experience nature as itself and should not be disturbed by destroyed nature. The buildings are divided into three volumes along the slope. The façade of the building is a combination of mirror and black cedar wood panels. The mirror panels embrace the surrounding nature.
“The complex consisting of various buildings is harmoniously and naturalistically integrated in its surroundings and offers glampers a high standard of comfort.” – Jury statement / German Design Award
Ga-Pyeong region is located outskirts of Seoul. The site is famous for Arboretum, pine forest and mountains with rocks. The project embraces these characters of region. Likely, to other places, pine trees and large Rocks were easily found on the site. We pursue to express the atmosphere of the site character on our master plan. When people visit the site, they should experience the nature as itself and should not be disturbed by destructed nature. The site is located on the edge of pine forest, which has slope height difference of 25 meters from the south to north end. Area for glamping is on nature side. The buildings are positioned on the road side, as if they protect the camp site.
The buildings are divided into three volumes along the slope. The buildings are merge into the nature. The last volume on lowest side is used as welcome center. The facade of the building is combination of mirror and black cedar wood panels. The mirror panels embrace the surrounding nature.
In this project, we introduced two glamping designs. They are ‘rock flower’ and ‘dynamic triangle’. Both the buildings and the glamping are positioned along the inclined slope.
The word ‘Glamping’ was introduced over 10 years ago in Korea but its meaning was misappropriated in terms of quality and comfort. Instead of glamorous camping, low quality tents were installed and profiteered.
We came to a mind of creating Glamping, which gives people chance to experience the nature even closer, while providing place to experience uniquely designed architecture and comforts. A place, where nature, ecological values, comfort and modern design are equally balanced. This concept led to the creation of Glamping Architecture in Korea.
The Glamping units are juxtaposed with a minimum change of the nature. We developed the Glamping unit and we named the design ‘Rock Flower’. The basic concept of ‘Rock Flower’ was inspired from the rocks on the site.
There were number of large rocks on the inclined steep hill and the flowers were grown between gabs. The design intension is to express the glamping as flower buds on the rock.
The 1.5m round window on top of the glamping helps to bring the sun light as well as experience the nature closer.
The shape of the Landscape/nature has highest design character and we reflected this while planning the master plan.
Glamping Form Finding:
The shape and the position of the structures were carefully considered to give aesthetic emergence both during the day and the night time.
When the form was designed, we considered the vertical structure spacing not to exceed the maximum width of the standard membrane size. This helped to reduce the cost as well as better control over visual effect of the joints between the surfaces.
Because of the translucent character of the membrane, the shadow of the structure gave lantern effect, when projected on the surface.
Project name: Glamping on the Rock
Location: Sinsang-ri, Ha-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Coordinates: 37.841743, 127.348269
Type: Lodge & Tented Camp
Site area: n/a
Project area: 180 sqm
Construction Year/Period: 2009-2014
Completion Year: 2016
Client / Owner / Developer: On the Rock, Ga-Pyeong
Architects: ArchiWorkshop – 742-4 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea 137810
Design Principle: Hee-Jun Sim, Su-Jeong Park
Project Team: YooMi Chae, KyungNa Kim
Text Description: © Courtesy of ArchiWorkshop, German Design Award, Red Dot Design Award
Images: © ArchiWorkshop, June Young Lim