Contemporary Seoul and its society are changing ever faster. The insufficient flexibility of the Seunsangga mega-structure, a grotesque relic from a different time – has made this competition necessary. Can we make a design that goes beyond putting lipstick on the gorilla? Can we design a solution that will not be obsolete again soon?
Our proposal: let Seoul celebrate lightness and openness, nature and technology, flexibility and transformation, embracing the dynamic, permanent change that distinguishes the city.
We propose to slow down the speed of transformation and phase the process over years, not months. This will reduce negative impacts and enable the project to react to unforeseeable demands that will inevitably appear during the time of realisation, and attract and integrate the current tenants of the area instead of displacing them. Moreover slowness can cast the building process into an additional quality: the transformation of Seunsangga as a continuous event. The demolition of unneeded elements, the reprogramming and the rebuilding turns into a series of opportunities for temporary actions and events to happen, a permanent injection of liveliness, culture and renewal into the neighborhood.
Project summary:Seunsangga citywalk [2MB]