Hyundai Card has opened their Cooking Library in Gangnam. The spatial planning and delicate details that allow visitors to fully experience the library are absolutely impressive. The four-part Hyundai Card Libraries project was started with Gahoe – dong Design Library in 2013, followed by Cheongdam – dong Travel Library and Itawon Music Library, and is completed with the Cooking Library.
The Cooking Library is located in the vicinity of Dosan Park, along with other high-end stores. Visitors are exposed to a variety of ways to experience new tastes and recipes in a cosy and modern environment.
The façade of Hyundai Card Cooking Library, designed by architect Choi Wook.
Enter the first floor of the library awaits the open kitchen. Here visitors can indulge in their all five senses. The sounds, savoury smell and scenes of food cooking immediately inspire one to involve in the activities. Walking around the floor also found is a European-style bakery making sourdough bread with the fermentation of dough using naturally occurring lactobacilli and yeast. The concept of the library offering not only cookbook collection but also cooking experiences is quite original, and it well defines the cooking as a creative process of food making.
The second and third floors hold a library and kitchen space, where visitors can take experimental cooking using recipes and ingredients provided by the library. The fourth floor is a Greenhouse in the rooftop terrace setting, where visitors can savour seasonal vegetables from its herb garden. If you are looking for a nice rooftop, this is THE PLACE to be. With its quality collection of culinary books that are from all over the world, and what it uniquely offers other than the traditional function of the library, the Cooking Library is a place where one may wish to stay all day long.
Over ten thousand cookbook collections filled in the library were carefully selected by Hyundai Card and offers the original recipes that were interpreted with the broader perspective in a form of photography, history, culture, or art. Plus, food columnists and experts had been employed to create this most balanced curation for the global culinary knowledge collection corresponding to history, humanities, social studies and arts.
The 1st floor open kitchen restaurant and bakery, where you can also purchase kitchen tools.
The 2nd and 3rd floor library holds over 10,000 books. The collection includes James Beard and IACP award winning cookbooks. Every section of the library shelf was carefully curated by the food experts based on ingredients and cooking methods.
Over 190 spices, herbs, seasonings and oils are available for you to smell. Some spices are available for tasting as well.
Self-cooking space on the 3rd floor, where you can cook recipes from the books.
The 4th floor rooftop restaurant ‘Green House’ is only available for customers with reservation.
The library is conveniently located and there are other attractions around it. Take a walk in the Dosan Park, look to see what’s in Queen Mama Market, which is only a few minutes away from the library, your day is well spent. Please keep in mind that the Cooking library is only exclusive to visitors who holds Hyundai Card or those accompanied with the cardholders.