dongdaemun design park & plaza by zaha hadid in seoul opens
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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