Green Architecture Concept Helps Combat Carbon Emissions in Densely Packed Seoul

Kim Min Jae Architects - Seoul Hyperloop

In the densely packed city of Seoul, South Korea, it can be difficult to find space and greenery is often in short supply. This is why Kim Min Jae Architects has come up with an ingenious concept to counteract the carbon emissions that have built up during the rapid industrialization of the city. Seoul Loop is a timber-clad spiral that provides a massive space for photosynthesis.

The architect has placed Seoul Loop in the city's Huam-Dong area. The neighborhood has a high concentration of low-rise buildings and little space for greenery. But thanks to this concept, plants could thrive and both natural and artificial photosynthesis would combat carbon emissions.

In this structure, which floats above the city, artificial photosynthesis panels are placed on the roof. The oxygen generated would be supplied to the city and other byproducts, like hydrogen, could be stored. Inside the building, large planters will allow for the growth and cultivation of crops. In this way, natural and artificial photosynthesis will work in harmony.

Seoul Loop also includes small buildings like a grocery store, information kiosk, crop storage, and a crop sales office. These buildings will allow the public to interact with nature and participate in the life cycle of these plants. The plants themselves are arranged in clusters, and there is a fruit farm, vegetable farm, nature park, and grain farm. There are also plans for a large outdoor nature park.

By building upward, Kim Min Jae Architects is looking to maximize the space for a green piece of architecture that can benefit Seoul's population in many ways.

Seoul Loop is Kim Min Jae Architects' way of combatting carbon emissions in the South Korean capital.

Kim Min Jae Architects - Seoul Hyperloop

The spiral structure rises above the city and acts as a space for artificial and natural photosynthesis.

Kim Min Jae Architects - Seoul Hyperloop

The interior of the spiral will be filled with crops and plants that provide much-needed oxygen.

Kim Min Jae Architects - Seoul Hyperloop

Artificial photosynthesis panels on the roof will release oxygen into the city and collect byproducts like hydrogen.

Kim Min Jae Architects - Seoul Hyperloop

Grocery stores and a crops sales office will allow the public to participate in the entire lifecycle of the plants.

Kim Min Jae Architects - Seoul Hyperloop

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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