Seun-nect : Restructuring Seunsangga Citywalk
The future of business is about collaboration, sustainability and customization. Seun-nect is meant to provide a collaborative environment to connect work and play. By weaving the public area into the private buildings, the park is architecturally and structurally part of the Seun complex (aka Seunsangga). Pedestrian seeking pleasure can experience different programs for work, play, eat and rest. People seeking opportunities can see the park as an open platform for experimentation, collaboration and exhibition.
The geometry of the park was inspired by Korean Sangmo to provide a weaving experience from Jongmyo Park to Namsan Mountain. The width of the project is divided into 3m ribbons. These ribbons weave the outdoor and indoor together and provide a smooth transition from ground to deck level. Modules are also undulated or bent in three dimensions to provide programmed spaces like cafe, water playground, and planters.
The construction of the park is designed to be part of the evolution of Seun existing businesses. Adapting 3d printing technology and customization process, local businesses can start providing pavement modules for the park before the construction. Global participants can be part of the design process to provide unique pavers with their name. The process will add international diversity to this local project.
The deck is typically 9m wide and it is subdivided into three 3m wide ribbons for circulation, greenery and program. This typical relationship changes at areas we dedicated as special program and landscape. This dedicated softscape transition from Jongmyo Park which is more urban to Namsan Mountain which is more natural. The program responds to each block differently. The program of work, play, eat and rest are scattered through the site, but each block will have a focused theme to make the experience more unique to the business nature of its corresponding building.
The slope of the north plaza will not only serve as the grand entrance to the deck level, the greenery and water will also climb the north façade of the building. People are encouraged to see on the Plaza. Jongmyo Park serves as the backdrop view for this plaza. Art installation and movie can be display at the front and the grand slope become an theatre seating cladded in greenery. The plaza will become a landmark for Seoul and also a case study for the world to see how old buildings can be rehabilitated to provide new opportunities.
Native plants in Korea will allow for xeriscaping. The species and form are chosen to match the theme of play, work, eat and rest. Planters has three typical soil depths
On top of xeriscaping, rain water cistern will be used to water plants. This will reduce the cost of maintenance , which is an inherit problem in all the elevated park like the Highline in New York.
Different strategy are designed to reinforce the existing columns and beams. The strategy changes to fit different local structural condition. The form of the reinforcement are meant to mimic the ribbon geometry of the master plan.
Work and Play:
Seun-nect weave in and out of existing building to create an environment for both work and play. People get to collaborate more in an environment like this. See our work and play design for G107
3d Printed Pavers:
People from around the world purchased and customized their own pavers. This local project will have international participation.
The area below the deck receive a linear geometry that are related to the pattern on the deck level. The business on first floor is dedicated for machinery and craft studio. Existing parking and road layout will be kept below the deck to allow transportation of goods, but the function of the road will be turned into a multi-modal path. Bicycles, movable landscape, electric cars and people are encouraged to share the path. Local business can use movable pallet on rail to promote their art and craft. This shared path will also be lighted by skylights. The vibe and excitement below the deck will encourage people to appreciate local art and craft more.