Designer    Case Study 23 Jun 2017

Education and elegance – London based design studio Blacksheep completes work on The Cooking Library, Seoul

This amazing original project was born from credit card company Hyundai Card’s idea to build a series of four inspirational library spaces that are dedicated to showcasing the arts of travel, music, design and cooking. Each space aims to provide an ‘analogue antidote’ to fast-paced, electric city life.


Artistically collaborating with Choi Wook of One O One Architects, Blacksheep succeeded in the brief of creating a five floor connected experience that celebrates the joys of cooking, in one of Seoul’s most affluent neighbourhoods: Yeongdeungpo-gu.


The ground floor houses a deli, shop, bakery and café, the design of which exudes an ultra contemporary, rustic vibe, using a blend of woods, locally sourced stone tiles in a herringbone pattern flooring tiles and a monolithic stainless-steel-look island. Other floors incorporate a library, ingredients house, a recipe room, an exterior greenhouse and a stylish kitchen area.


The kitchen, on level three of the building (as featured), is where the concept of cooking truly comes to life – it hosts regular expert-led cooking lessons for the public, cookbook signing, lectures and social gatherings. The kitchen boasts a resin floor, silver Emperador marble worktops and bespoke kitchen cabinetry with sleek blackened steel drawer fronts. All the sink areas are donned with luxurious, industrial-style mixer taps, and sit in parallel with high-tech induction hobs, large steel covered extractor hoods and integrated multi-functional ovens. The room altogether reflects the simple functional qualities of a commercial kitchen, yet with warm ambient touches that welcome visitors in.

If ever short of inspiration, a quick trip to Seoul’s awe-worthy cooking library will certainly resolve that!


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