plans revealed to renovate seoul’s olympic gymnastic arena




in collaboration with H architecture, HAEAHN has won a national competition to complete the renovation of the 1988 olympic gymnastics arena. as one of korea’s most prominent cultural performance venues, the building’s architecture, and its location within the olympic park, has a significant cultural importance. as well as representing the legacy of the 1988 seoul games — an important event in modern korean history — the site is situated within one of the city’s largest public parks, accessible to a wide range of visitors.

much of the renovation is focused on the roof structure




the arena is being renovated with the intent to establish a new identity for the building, while preserving its historical significance. the design by HAEAHN and H architecture minimizes construction by reusing a majority of the existing structure. the circular gallery surrounding the outer edge of the building has been expanded to accommodate a wider range of retail and event-related programs, and prepare the facility for any future expansion. much of the renovation is focused on the roof structure, which has been replaced with a dynamic truss system that references the form of a tornado.

the circular gallery surrounding the outer edge of the building has been expanded

the roof’s dynamic truss system references the form of a tornado




project info:


architects: HAEAHN architecture + H architecture PC

design architect: taeman  kim + changhak choi 

project architect: hyunhwa jung

project team: 

HAEAHN: kibyung chae, jangbum park, kyushik shin, youngrok kim, yuyeon yang, wonki choi, moonyoung yoo; haengsook lee, moonhwan yum (visualization); hyung-seok lee (landscape); su-jung han (graphic)
H architecture: stan sang hwa lee, minbum koo, alissa assaad

client: korea sports promotion foundation
consultants: HAEAHN landscape, ist structural engineering, deoksung alpha civil engineering, samwon MEC, the hanyang engineering, hanbaek FNC


location: olympic park, seoul, korea

program: performance center
site area: 44,953.80 sqm

building area: 13,810.31 sqm

gross area: 31,025.01 sqm

floors: 4 (3 upper level, 1 below level)
capacity: 15,566 seats
structure: steel frame
exterior: metal panels, low-E pair glass
project period: nov 2015 – dec 2015
status: won competition 2016