It’s the early afternoon, and the ICON team is hard at work. Here and there, small groups huddle amid the rows of desks, discussing tasks at hand. In the conference rooms, teams are laying out plans on whiteboards. CEO JH Kim sits alone at a desk in the corner of the Council office, so focused on his monitor that he fails to notice the journalist filming him. In the lounge, colleagues gather around the coffee machine, breaking into occasional laughter.
It’s just another Thursday for ICON, the new digs notwithstanding.
On January 29, ICON departed the comfy but a tad constricted confines of its old home, the Euljiro WeWork Building, for a new nest in the landmark Signature Tower, a gleaming glass edifice overlooking Seoul’s landmark Cheonggyecheon Stream. The sprawling space on the third floor of the tower is currently home to not only
Yes, those really are chairs in the wall
ICON’s new office can accommodate up to 470 people. As ICON Council member Min Kim told The
Like many tech companies, the new office embraces an open plan that encourages socialization, interaction
The office incorporates plenty of common space, too. The spacious lounge is the most prominent of these. The lounge decor includes plush sofas and couches for relaxation and more practice appointments for working lunches and breaks. It takes plenty of design cues from WeWork, too. This is most obvious in the coffee bar. A first-rate
Adorning the wall is a neon recreation of ICON’s round logo and what, at first glance, seems like a high relief of the corporate name. Upon closer examination, however, the literal writing on the wall is composed of embedded units you can pull out and use as seats.