Cada creates market concept for Gyungki department store food hall

Cada has designed a new food hall for the Gyungki department store in Seoul, South Korea.

The food hall restaurant
The food hall restaurant

The consultancy was appointed to the project in September 2011 to create a 6500m2 food court, having previously worked with the client, Shinsegae Group, to design the Dean and Deluca deli franchise for the store.

The food hall entrance
The food hall entrance

It was briefed to create a ‘one stop shop’ gourmet food hall with an ‘international influence’ within an existing food space, with offers including fruit and vegetables, meat, confectionary and wine. The space also incorporates a restaurant and the Cada-designed Dean and Deulca store.

Dean and Deluca at Gyungki
Dean and Deluca at Gyungki

David Callcott, Cada director, says, ‘We wanted to create a food market in the centre of the food court that can easily be adapted for special occasions and events. It’s based on a typical market concept, so we showed a lovely expanse of roof, similar to the one in Borough Market [in London.]’

The deli area
The deli area

The overall market concept was created with different areas adapted according to the product sold.  Callcott says a ‘neutral palette’ has been used throughout, while timber has been incorporated in the wine area and for seating.

Other materials and features include ceramic tile walls, Corian counter tops and booth seating and porcelain floor tiles.

The food hall entrance
The food hall entrance

Callcott says, ‘The palette is quite neutral and sensible in terms of the amount of space: there’s so much product to show off, so we had to make sure they were able to talk.’

He adds, ‘You have to consider the habits of the local shoppers and the occasion, but most people now travel the world so we’ve created something that’s properly international.’

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