seoul botanic park incorporates a flower-shaped roof and triangular glass façade
 

seoul botanic park incorporates a flower-shaped roof and triangular glass façade

located in the south korean capital’s magok, gangseo-gu, the seoul botanic park is the largest greenhouse to be built in the country. the park, which has been designed by architect chan-joong kim, landscape artist ou-gon jon, and master planner zoh kyung-jin, comprises four main spaces: a theme park, an open forest, a lake garden, and a wetland garden. within the themed areas, 12 variations of plants from 12 cities (hanoi, sao paulo, jakarta, bogota, perth, barcelona, san francisco, rome, tashkent, athens, istanbul and cape town) are held, representing their unique botanical cultures and climate of each geographical location.

seoul botanic park incorporates a flower-shaped roof and triangular glass façade
bird’s eye view of seoul botanic park, image courtesy of seoul metropolitan government

 

 

opening to the public this month, may 2019, the seoul botanic park incorporates a ‘flower-shaped’ or ‘flattened glass dome’, which architect chan-joong kim designed to be ‘lower in the middle and higher along the edge’, contrasting to the traditional design, and hence expanding the user experience. inside the observatory, a skywalk stretches across the upper canopy of the garden to allow the viewing of exotic plants from multiple angles, while down-sized hot air balloons float around. the roof, which extends through the diameter (100 meters) of the structure, utilizes the ETFE glazing material (special glass-like plastic), which allows excellent light transmission, while its light-weight fabric reduces carbon dioxide emissions into the air.

seoul botanic park incorporates a flower-shaped roof and triangular glass façade
interior view

seoul botanic park incorporates a flower-shaped roof and triangular glass façade
small hot air balloons float around the space


interior view featuring the hot air balloon

 

 


12 variations of plants from 12 cities are exhibited


exterior view detailing the triangular glass facade

 

 


hexagonal roofing utilizing EFTE


the skywalk, image courtesy of seoul metropolitan government

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: seoul botanic park

architect: chan-joong kim

landscape artist: ou-gon jon

master planner: zoh kyung-jin

location: 161, magokdong-ro, gangseo-gu, seoul

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    492,664 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample