DESIGN COMPETITION; 2018; SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
FUNCTION: Public Administrative Facilities, Council Building, Commercial Market, Culture & Art Centre, Healthcare Centre; GFA: 49,530 ㎡; Structural Engineering: Eckersley O’callaghan; MEP & Environmental: Hurley Palmer Flatt
The Complex was designed as a multi-layered porous mass that opens up and integrates to its surrounding neighbourhood. The memorable image of this building, the convenience of use by the district’s residents and its internal comfort levels were our main sources of inspiration. To achieve an optimum massing diagram, correlating to various programs of the buildings and the great vision of organizers, we analysed key parameters of the site, the climatic conditions and the importance of recreation of the local market.
We envisaged this Complex as a mini-city in its own rights. It was important to us that the overall feel and experience of the project is a continuous one that creates a vibrant and active atmosphere for the residents and staff. This design was meant to push the conventional concept of the government building by creating three type of zones – for the community, with the community, by the community. The juxtaposition of various volumes of the project, overlapping the programs horizontally and vertically were all to create variety and flexibility of use. The massing of the complex was designed to achieve a skyline that is humane and has a human scale.