Famed architect Zaha Hadid is going to transform central Seoul into a modern mecca when she creates the Dongdaemun Design Park and Plaza. The 85,000 square meter plaza will house a learning resource for designers and give members of the public a design museum, library and educational facilities. There will also be a 30,000 square meter park that will serve as a green oasis within the dense urban surroundings of Dongdaemun, Seoul.
“A fundamental aim of the scheme is to bring delight and inspiration to the people of Seoul by establishing a cultural hub in the centre of one of the busiest and most historic districts of the city” says Zaha Hadid. “The design has been governed by the belief that architecture must enable people to think beyond existing boundaries to reach innovative design solutions. This combined investment in education and research, together with the city's public cultural programs will inspire new generations of designers, helping to maintain Korean industry's reputation as a leader in innovation.”
I love how the park and plaza are going to be seamlessly integrated into one landscape element, blurring the boundary between architecture and nature. Did you check out the rolling grass-covered roofs?
Zaha Hadid and the Mayor of Seoul, Sei-Hoon Oh
Dongdaemun Design Park and Plaza is set to open in 2010.