Undertaken as part of a broad revitalization project in preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the construction of the Seamarq Hotel has created an important new destination for visitors to the region. Meier Partners was responsible for the architecture and full interior design of the hotel, including all public spaces and the individual rooms. The pure architectural forms of the building itself were conceived to complement the spectacular topography of the hilly oceanfront site, while the guiding concept of interior design was to activate the hotel’s spaces with tactile materials and a rich material palette.
A rich sequence of spaces unfolds as the visitor’s procession winds through lush landscaping to the hotel’s entrance plaza. A total of 150 guestrooms are contained with the tower and its base, almost all with expansive ocean views, and additional programs ranging from a sun deck and infinity pool to a banquet hall and a luxury spa also integrated into the complex. The guestrooms are designed to be as bright and open as possible, with tall ceilings, luxurious beds, and terraces taking advantage of the views. The light color palette consists of whites, grays, and earth tones, while materials consist of subtle plays of both smooth and textured surfaces of natural wood veneer, white lacquer, plaster, glass, stone, and Corian. Meier Partners worked closely with the client to hand-pick each piece of furniture in the hotel, including custom-made pieces and original modernist classics, as well as curating a selection of exceptional modern and traditional Korean artwork that is displayed throughout the hotel, reinforcing the continuity of the interior design concept.
The signature space of the hotel is a generous outdoor deck and promontory with an infinity-edge pool and panoramic views of the ocean. This space is created by the subtle marriage of the building’s geometry with the contours of the hill: an 11-story trapezoidal tower is perched on a 4-story base, producing unobstructed views and indoor and outdoor spaces that flow effortlessly together.