A Rock Inspired Exterior Was Designed For This Skincare Boutique
Architecture firm LMTLS has shared photos of SKIN1004, a new skincare boutique in Seoul, South Korea, that has a rock-inspired facade.
As the first offline flagship store in Myeongdong, the location embraces the concept of “untouched nature”, with rich brown and beige tones inspired by the pristine nature of Madagascar, and surrounded by rocks, pebbles, and sand.
The facade features an intense rock texture which is a departure from the conventional glass storefronts of the neighboring stores.
Upon entering the premises through the external rock facade, the first-floor interior simulates an organic walking trail, reinterpreting the concept of untouched nature in the warm brown tones reminiscent of desert and rocky landscapes.
The main floor serves as an exhibition space reflecting the brand’s philosophy and identity, while the upper floor accommodates a lounge and sales area for product testing and social events. These spaces are intricately connected through a void, housing a sculpture that seamlessly blends the concept of untouched nature with a modern aesthetic.
Visitors meander through the main floor experiencing reed landscapes and viewing natural scenes on media walls.
They can also feel the rough texture of the rocks, offering an immersive experience of navigating through the theme of “untouched nature.”
Upon climbing the reed forest-inspired staircase, visitors encounter a space on the second floor where they can directly experience and purchase cosmetic products.
The impactful rock sculpture from the first floor remains visually striking through the void space. Ceiling-mounted illuminative lighting on the second floor, cascading onto the rock sculpture, maintains the subtle natural light ambiance on both floors, enhancing the overall atmosphere.
Here’s a look at the overall layouts of each floor.
Photography by Swan Park | Architects: LMTLS | Design Architect: Daeho Lee (Partner in charge), Jaeyual Lee, Beomki Lee | General Contractor/ Landscape: Chiyoujae