planning korea: paik nam june media bridge
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oct 14, 2010
planning korea: paik nam june media bridge

‘paik nam june media bridge’ by planning korea in seoul, korea
all images courtesy planning korea

‘paik nam june media bridge’ by seoul-based architectural practice planning korea is a mega-structure
over the han river that aims to efficiently expand the city fabric on to the water. with a total length
of 1080 meters, the bridge connects the dangi-li power plant, which is currently being redeveloped into
a public cultural space, and the national assembly building to the south. the design proposal is a largely
sculpted form with fluctuating curves and volumes.

looking toward the power plant

in comparison to the thames river in london and the seine in france, the han river is a much larger stretch
of water that runs through the center of seoul. currently, there are close to 30 bridges running over the river
but a majority of the steel and concrete structures only accommodate for cars and city traffic.
‘paik nam june media bridge’ aims to accommodate for the walking and cycling portion of the population.
in addition, the structure will host a number of public facilities such as a museum, library, and an IT complex mall.
the bridge will also connect the people down to the water by featuring a series of docks for water taxis,
yachts and cruise ships.

looking toward the national assembly building

to generate a large portion of the energy used for internal programs, the bridge is clad in solar panels.
each floor of the structure introduces a horizontal garden that uses water from the river below, collected rain water
and natural sunlight and ventilation. the bridge is named after the korean video and media artist nam june paik,
and proposes to use the skin of the bridge as a projected canvas for media and video artists around the world.

site plan


interior view

perspective view


in city context

night view

Paik Nam June Media Bridge Making Film from PLANNING KOREA on Vimeo.


longitudinal section

top view

a model of the bridge on exhibition at the boutique monaco museum in gangnam seoul

exhibition view

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