Hankook Tire R+D Centre
Nigel Young

Hankook Tire R+D Centre

Foster + Partners as Architects

The new research and development centre for Hankook Tire was unveiled in Daejeon on Tuesday, 18 October. The new facility forms an integral part of Hankook Tire’s new vision for a corporate culture and brand, and the 96,328-square-metre R+D centre aims to attract the industry’s top talent, providing an inspirational place to work, with light filled offices, advanced laboratories and dynamic social spaces to nurture a culture of openness and innovation.


Located in the heart of Asia’s ‘Silicon Valley’, the building is an expression Hankook Tire’s commitment to technology, quality and rigorous research. It lays emphasis on communication within the workplace, with central meeting pods for spontaneous team meetings. The centrepiece of the state-of-the-art facility are the tyre testing and research laboratories, on display to invited visitors and staff.


The architectural vision was to create a sleek, contemporary and mysterious building with a floating silver roof.


Analysis of their existing facilities provided an insight into the testing spaces, which ranged in their requirements from isolation pits to double-height spaces to accommodate specialist equipment. The building’s section was key to resolving this complex spatial puzzle. The building has a dynamic, integrated plan that promotes visual connections between different areas, and the arrangement is highly flexible to enable future changes in use. In profile, the levels step up from four to six storeys, in response to the height restriction imposed by an adjacent government site.


The research spaces extend along a top-lit central spine that runs from the restaurant and entrance in the south to the staff accommodation to the north. Glazed oval meeting pods are suspended within the full-height space, which acts as a light well, drawing daylight through the building. The circulation strategy creates a natural divide between public areas and more sensitive product development zones. A spectacular lobby functions as an exhibition space for the latest product range, with views into the testing areas and the parkland outside.


The centre has attained a LEED ‘Gold’ rating, and integrates a number of sustainable design strategies. Waste heat from the research and development centre is used to heat the adjacent dormitory building, which accommodates visitors and staff, and a lake at the southern entrance to the site harvests rainwater for use in cooling.


David Nelson, Co-Head of Design, Foster + Partners:


“When Hankook Tire first came to us, they wanted their new R+D centre to reflect their company values, the quest for quality and belief in rigorous testing. The aesthetic and the brief were both borne from this ambition, and the result is a building that supports innovation while also creating a strong sense of identity.”


Nigel Dancey, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners:


“The design of the new R+D centre for Hankook Tire responds to the organisation’s specific way of working and their commitment to cutting-edge technology and research. It encapsulates a diverse range of spaces from highly controlled laboratory environments to flexible meeting pods that promote collaboration, all contained within a simple, emblematic form.”


Iwan Jones, Partner, Foster + Partners:


“The key design objectives for, the Hankook Technodome were two-fold – to reinvent the Hankook Tire’s image and to create an integrated working environment for the office and laboratory staff. The spatial arrangement encourages visual connectivity and physical interaction. Testing facilities are on display and circulation and meeting spaces are shared to enhance interaction.”


Huasop Lee, Project Architect, Foster + Partners:


“The challenge was to match both client aspirations and the exacting requirements of a state-of-the-art R+D facility, which was only made possible by the close collaboration between the design and construction teams involved. Beyond the simple form, is a flexible, integrated workplace that will hopefully evoke a sense of unity and pride among the staff at Hankook Tire."

Hankook Technodome

Hankook Tire Global as Tire manufacturer

Hankook Technodome: The tyre maker celebrates the inauguration of its new global R&D center to lead the future Hankook Tire aims to solidify its technology leadership in the automotive industry at the high-tech facility by providing an optimal research environment, and by implementing Hankook Tire’s ‘Proactive’ corporate culture via innovation in the working process.


Hankook Tire today announced that it held an opening ceremony of ‘Hankook Technodome’, the new central R&D center in Daejeon, Korea, as the company headways into becoming a global top-tier brand based on technological leadership.


Hankook Technodome is an embodiment of Hankook Tire’s strong commitment in R&D innovation, and will act as a core instrument of the company’s global R&D infrastructure. As the high-tech facility provides an optimized research environment, Hankook Tire plans to focus on securing original technology for the future to lead the way of Hankook Tire’s mid-long term R&D plans to lead the latest tyre technology and world class quality. The new R&D center will also play a pivotal role in implementing Hankook Tire’s proactive corporate culture by innovating the working process, and continuously strengthening the company’s R&D capability to step towards a top-tier company.


Hankook Technodome was designed by Foster + Partners, an architectural firm founded by Sir Norman Foster, and integrates Hankook Tire’s cutting-edge technology, vision and culture. Located in Daejeon, South Korea, Hankook Technodome is an outcome of a total investment of KRW 266.4 billion (an equivalent of approx. 220 Million EURO). The R&D center stands on a massive floor space of 96,328㎡, with an R&D building with 6 stories and a residence building consisting of 8 stories, equipped with employee accommodations including a fitness center, medical clinics, cafés and a day care center.


Through Hankook Technodome, Hankook Tire achieves a Gold certification of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), one of the most prestigious green building certification systems.


In addition, Hankook Technodome is ready to further strengthen its technological leadership to effectively tackle the rapid changing business environment of the automotive industry as new technologies, such as electric vehicles and self-driving cars, prevail. It is equipped with various state-of-the-art research and testing facilities. The R&D center has introduced the Driving Simulation system as well as 'SPMM (Suspension Parameter Measuring Machine)' to carry out virtual tests and record digital results. At the Hankook Technodome, Hankook Tire will showcase future technology which integrates eco-friendly material, new material development and simulation technology, as well as networking technology.


Also, Hankook Tire plans to fulfill its indigenous corporate culture dubbed “Proactive Culture” via Hankook Technodome to solidify its position as a global top-tier company. Under the 'One Company Concept', 10 independent offices and laboratories are housed under the same roof to symbolize that all the offices are of one company. The center arena was created for employees to organically enjoy comfortable and active communication.


Mr. Seung Hwa Suh, Vice Chairman and CEO of Hankook Tire said, “Hankook Technodome is equipped with the high tech facilities and the optimal work environment to strengthen our global competitiveness through innovation, while actively dealing with rapid changes in the business environment and delivering products optimized for various customers’ needs.” He added, “I believe the new Hankook Technodome will be a great foundation to lead the future of tyre technology, as it symbolizes optimized process in development of future technologies and securing original technologies through strengthening our headway towards a global top-tier company.”


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Tire manufacturerHankook Tire Global
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