Architecture & Interior Photographer in Seoul, South Korea: AmorePacific Headquarters

South Korea’s largest beauty company AmorePacific recently relocated their headquarters to a new mixed-use building designed by starchitect David Chipperfield in Yongsan district, Seoul.

In their quest of perfection for this new flagship building which won many architecture awards, AmorePacific commissioned Danish textile company Kvadrat to install their signature Soft Cells acoustic sound-absorbing wall panels throughout the entire space including corridors, offices, meeting rooms, research labs, retails etc. Kvadrat also provided high-end designer fabrics for much of the seating and curtains of the building, making AmorePacific Headquarters the most heavily Kvadrat equiped project in the world unpon its completion.

The final outcome is a stunning piece of architecture with extreme care for detail and spectacular interiors with opera-like acoustical qualities, which I was fortunate enough to document for Kvadrat’s booklet and general communication material.

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Raphael Olivier is a commercial photographer based in Asia for over a decade, working from Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore on assignments all around the region including corporate, industrial, architecture, interior, lifestyle and hospitality.

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Industrial Photographer in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia: Liebherr Cranes APAC

Since 2018 I have been working on ongoing regional assignments for Liebherr Cranes, photographing various cranes in operation on construction sites around Asia Pacific including Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.

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Architecture & Interior Photography - French Embassy, Seoul, South Korea

Over the past months, I have been working in collaboration with publishing house "Editions Internationales du Patrimoine" on documenting the architecture, interiors and general history of French Embassies around Asia to make dedicated hard-cover coffee table books about each Residence. The first project in this series was done in Seoul, South Korea, in the beautiful brutalist-style building by architect Kim Joong-up.

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Raphael Olivier is a professional photographer based in Singapore covering architecture, interiors, lifestyle, hospitality, luxury retail and travel assignments across Asia and beyond.

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The Trade Desk, office and portraits - Singapore Corporate Photographer

A few weeks ago I had the chance to work with the super friendly Trade Desk team in Singapore, shooting a variety of lifestyle portraits, office interiors and candid moments to refresh their company's corporate image bank for the Asia region.

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Raphael Olivier is a commercial photographer based in Singapore, available for corporate, architecture, interiors, lifestyle and industrial assignment all around Asia.

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John Holland, Tunnel Engineering - Singapore Industrial Photographer

One recent industrial assignment in Singapore took me underground to document the finishing process of a tunnel site construction for Australian engineering company John Holland. The aim was to showcase people in their working environment as well as the scale and technical features of the work.

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Raphael Olivier is a commercial photographer living in Asia for 10 years, currently based between Hong Kong and Singapore, available to shoot corporate & industrial projects all around Asia and beyond.

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Seoul Brutalist Revival - Korea Architecture Photographer

I was recently in South Korea for a commercial architectural assignment, so I decided to arrive a few days early to take some time for myself and walk around Seoul, a city I always love to explore.

Seoul has been developping very fast since its recovery from the Korean war, yet in the 21st century the city has actually turned into a new phase where it's moving away from a boring industrial center and rapidly becoming one of the most trendy cities in Asia.

One of the most visually obvious aspect of this new era is the super-modern architecture poping up everywhere. The city's skyline is turning into a massive futuristic landscape out of science fiction film, and amidst this construction frenzy brutalist architecture is making a huge come-back, with a modern twist. Whether for residential, commercial, institutional or religious buildings, the use of raw concrete, bold shapes and sharp angles is becoming predominant all around the city.

Through this personal study about Neo-Brutalism, I aim to give a small glimpse into the booming architectural scene of Seoul, one of the world's fastest developping city and Asia's rising stars.

Raphael Olivier is a commercial photographer based in Asia for about 10 years, currently living between Hong Kong and Singapore, and available to shoot architecture, interiors, hospitality, retail and advertising campaigns all around Asia and beyond.

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Personal Project - The Vintage Socialist Architecture of Pyongyang, North Korea

Over the summer, instead of classic holidays, I was lucky enough to join a specialized tour of Pyongyang focusing on architecture and design, with Koryo Tours agency. This was the opportunity for me to explore the beautiful and somewhat "vintage" architecture of the city, which is full of modernist, brutalist and futurist structures.

Singapore Architecture Photography

Singapore is an incredible playground for architects and in the past decade has seen world-class flagship projects coming out of the ground such as Interlace by OMA, Reflections at Keppel Bay by Daniel Libeskind, South Beach by Foster and Partners, LaSalle College of the Arts by RSP Architects, Orchard Central by DP Architects or the icnonic Marina Bay Sands by Moshe Safdie.

Singapore's architecture has succesfully developed into its own distinctive style in a hot tropical climate with lush vegetation, placing environmental integration and preservation at the core of its values. Today Singapore is well recongnised as one of the world's greenest cities and as a pioneer in renewable energies, with buildings integrating natural cooling systems, reflective surfaces, open air spaces, cascading gardens and smart landscaping with easy access to parks, water, public transport and outdoor activities facilities.

Here are a few of these projects I recently photographed, and will be back in Singapore soon to continue documenting urban design and architecture. Feel free to get in touch with me for more information or shooting request.

Raphael Olivier is a commercial photographer based in Asia for about 10 years, currently living between Hong Kong and Singapore, and available for assignments around the region including architecture, interiors, luxury events, hospitality, advertising campaigns and more.

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Personal Project - Ordos, A Failed Utopia

I recently completed a personal project about Ordos, Inner Mongolia, mostly known as China's largest "Ghost Town".

Ordos is actually a regular provincial city located in the Gobi Desert region of Northern China, home to about 1 million people, and sitting on one of the richest land in the country with plenty of natural ressources such as coal, gas and rare earth metals. So rich that in early 2000's the local government decided to invest massively in the creation of an all new city, a "New Ordos", about 1 hour south from the Old Ordos. This new city would become a flamboyant political, cultural and economic center for the region, featuring state of the art infrastructure and world class architecture. A futuristic new capital of the North East, designed from scratch and meant to host over a million souls. Unfortunately this heavy investment coupled with poor planning resulted in very high property prices, so much that nobody actually moved in, leaving the city totally empty and abandoned. This phenomenon was well covered by the international press and made quite a few headlines world-wide.

Years later, I decided to visit Ordos to see what had become of the infamous city, documenting this unique decaying built landscape with a purely architectural approach. This series "Ordos - A Failed Utopia" was well received by the photography community and circulated widely online with features in several well respected blogs and magazines such as Archdaily, Dezeen, Fubiz, Digital Rev, Tech Insider, Business Insider, Wonderful Machine, Lost at E Minor and a few others.

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China Interior Photographer - Little Bean Coffee Shop

Little Bean is a boutique coffee shop recently opened in Shanghai, next to Pudong's Science and Technology Museum. The interior was designed by Melbourne-based practice DesignOffice and features curved counter and tables, circular ceiling openings lined with greenery and topped with massive mirrors allowing great light circulation throughout the space. Beautiful vintage roasting machines are used in the training area for young baristas. And bakery is excellent too.

Raphael Olivier is a commercial photographer based in Asia for about 10 years, currently living between Hong Kong and Singapore, and available for assignments around the region including architecture, interiors, luxury events, hospitality, advertising campaigns and more.

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