dongdaemun design park & plaza by zaha hadid in seoul opens
 
dongdaemun design park & plaza by zaha hadid in seoul opens
mar 18, 2014

dongdaemun design park & plaza by zaha hadid in seoul opens

dongdaemun design park & plaza by zaha hadid in seoul opens
image courtesy of dongdaemun design park / seoul design foundation

 

 

 

seoul’s ‘dongdaemun design park & plaza‘ (DDP) opens its doors to the public march 21st, 2014, seven years after zaha hadid floated initial plans for the project. the scheme, developed by the seoul metropolitan government, introduces the latest and most innovative design trends, establishing a lively cultural hub of public congregation that promotes fluid thinking across creative disciplines. comprising five zones – an art hall, museum, design lab, design market and dongdaemun history and culture park – the scheme caters to the city’s population, but also reaches out to the global community. hosting a variety of high-profile events and programs including international conferences, festivals, presentations of new products, fashion shows, as well as offering venues for business, shopping and relaxation, 60 unique hotspots are situated throughout the ‘dongdaemun design park & plaza’ which each feature a story of creativity based on the life cycle of the dongdaemun area, which stays awake 24 hours a day, reminding visitors of the site’s rich history.

 

in 2009, designboom visited the site of the ‘dongdaemun design park & plaza’ and published the initial plans here.

 

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an view of the scheme’s sweeping exterior
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dongdaemun history and culture park by night
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entrance
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the interior is a pristine environment with streamlined lighting
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the development is set to open its doors seven years after initial plans for the project were floated
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the design pathway connecting the building’s various zones
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large concrete staircases connect the complex
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exhibition space within the design
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the brightly lit ‘imagination zone’
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the project will introduce the latest and most innovative design trends
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detail of the façade cladding
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project info:

 

architects: zaha hadid architects
location: 2-1 eulji-ro 7-ga, jung-gu, seoul, korea (the site of former dongdaemun stadium)
lot area: 62,692 sqm 
floor area: 25,104 sqm
gross floor area: 86,574 sqm (three basement floors and four floors above ground)
managed by: seoul design foundation
spaces: comprised of five facilities

  • Sculpture

    NOUN

    1 The art of making two- or three-dimensional representative or abstract forms, especially by carving stone or wood or by casting metal or plaster:

    the boundary between painting and sculpture is displaced

    Hal Incandenza
  • Don, you are smoking crack. While a great object and piece of sculpture, this building is a menace at the street level. a cold face in what should be a multi-layered, inviting pedestrian-friendly development that weaves together the larger urban fabric in the neighborhood.

    Physically and economically, it fails at both. Grossly over budget and schedule, it is square peg in a round hole, and sadly will remain empty until the government figures out what to do with it. There are 2 other similar buildings that the egocentric mayor developed that have the same issues.

    Aside from that, it is a technical disaster waiting to happen. the concrete is already leaking; efflorescing and leaching lime all over the interior, and the building as a whole will require an insane maintenance budget ( money that the city doesn’t have at the moment)

    This is a supreme example of a celebrity architect ramrodding their ego into a place where it doesn’t belong. A work of sculpture, yes.. a good building, neighbor, and fitting piece of the urban fabric, no.

    Michael
  • I can’t get enough of the work of this incredible woman and her team. I just don’t have words for the beauty I find and the variety thereof. History may mark her as the greatest.

    Don Gateley

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