foster and partners: dream hub yongsan IBD masterplan sam taeguk
foster and partners: dream hub yongsan IBD masterplan   sam taeguk foster and partners: dream hub yongsan IBD masterplan   sam taeguk
dec 22, 2009

foster and partners: dream hub yongsan IBD masterplan sam taeguk

foster + partners masterplan – sam-taeguk all images courtesy of dream hub

the aim of foster + partners‘ proposal for the ‘dream hub’ yongsan IBD masterplan development was to transform this area of seoul, korea from a large railway goods yard to a new exciting metropolis. the current site is predominantly inaccessible, so foster + partners wanted to resolve this by creating a new heart for the city, but also reach out to its surroundings through three architectural arcs based on the sam-taeguk – an icon derived from the taoist idea of ying and yang.

as expressed by the design brief, the main focal point of the hub are the landmark towers which form the sam-taeguk. known as the ‘helixia’, the three spiraling towers will give new focus and meaning to yongsan by connecting three diverse areas together: the yongsan station, the river han and the yongsan electronics district. as visitors move around these grand crescents, they will experience a variety of spaces with winding ramps and lifts connecting at a multitude of levels.

this spiraling geometry is reminiscent of the cosmos, with yongsan at the birthplace of it all – a new global destination. helixia will be the centre of electricity and interaction, surrounded by twisting, rising buildings reaching upwards toward the sky.

view of the ground level which includes commercial and residential developments

the ‘helixia’ formed by three spiraling towers

aerial view

aerial view

aerial view

overall context of the masterplan

relationship between the landmark towers

interior of one of the towers

profile of the grand crescents

view of the public and cultural buildings

aerial illustration of the plan for the grand crescents

illustration of masterplanzoning

technical plans of the helixia

  • My God… this is probably the worst project Foster and Partners has ever done… it’s absolutely shameful… They got too close to Dubai’s taste and they cannot trace their way back to what architecture is… it’s incredibly to think this office produced Willis Farber… or the Commercebank in Frankfurt… what a shame…

    Medusa says:
  • Somebody say that, approximately 20.000 new cities will established around the world as an satellite cities in next 30-40years . when i see this one i remember that conversaiton. There are no soul and this is so artificial.

    bigblue says:
  • Large commercial sky scrapers MUST be built… and to do them with a connection to local customs connects the design to the people.

    I think the renderings are over the top in styling and don’t provide enough architectural details to what the final design will be like.

    I’ve also not been to Korea and cannot comment on how this plan fits into the surroundings. However I do know Korea want’s to continue defining itself as a critical commercial hub in the region. Large master plans like this assist that desire.

    I believe it is meeting the requirements of Architecture.

    BP says:

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