A trendy slate facade for a global fashion store in Korea

COS is a global contemporary fashion brand. When they were designing the new shop at the centre of Seoul, they had one thing crystal clear: the store should have an innovative image to meet the expectations of the clients.

cos store in Seoul. Korea
COS Korea had an image in mind and suggested RnK Design architectural study a new cladding material for wall-cladding renovation. The architect who was in charge of the project did not have at that moment any idea about slate as the perfect solution for his needs.

Before COS project, there was no slate rainscreen cladding concept in Korea.

The architect found our partner Slate Korea’s blog and they struggled together to design the new shop. They had many meetings because the challenge was huge: developing the slate rainscreen cladding concept in Korea.

COS and the architect wanted a square pattern to give a touch of modernity. The final choice was 25×20 format rectangle slate with 5cm overlap to create the 20×20 square design. Every corner except front side was metal flashed, because the client was looking for “looks-like thick stone wall” without metal flashing like other COS flag shop.

cos seoul building

After 2 years, COS store became the most important sample slate building in Korea. It has still the same appearance, without changes in color. Until now, most people who has visited COS store is satisfied. With that modern square format design, the shinny beautiful CUPA slate became a kind of ‘slate wall-cladding standard’ in Korea.

Owing to CUPA COS project, there were many inquiries from architects and end-users. The beautiful building made me explain about ‘CUPA slate & its wall-cladding’ with confidence.  And then, some slate wall-cladding projects followed the case, states Jihoon Kim, Slate Korea’s owner.

cos store rainscreen cladding facade
Since then, Slate Korea has participated in more projects and tested more wall-cladding application with bigger and thicker slates. Nevertheless, CUPA COS project was basic to create and develop natural slate wall-cladding in Korea.