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Gensler LA Designs COEX, Asia's Largest Underground Retail Center

The east gateway of COEX, Asia’s largest underground retail center, features an amphitheater for relaxation and special events. Photography by Nacása & Partners.

The undulating roof grid is composed of aluminum and glass. Photography by Nacása & Partners.

Replacing a low skylight with a glass-box pavilion let the team expand available retail space while increasing street presence. Photography by Nacása & Partners.

Coffers of maple-clad tubular-steel “beams” punctuate the drop ceilings in the subterranean retail space. Photography by Nacása & Partners.

The sunlit central plaza features engaging curves, light-reflecting materials, and ceiling fixtures that serve as visual guides. Photography by Nacása & Partners.

The site is part of a convention center complex in Gangnam, the Beverly Hills of Seoul. Photography by Nacása & Partners.

At the northeast corner of the complex, the integrated entrance to the new Bongeunsa subway station is open to the elements. Photography by Nacása & Partners.

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