Dominique Perrault Architecture


15 | 05 | 2018


Seoul Center for Architecture & Urbanism in Donuimun Open Creative Village - Exhibition

As part of a call for projects launched by the city of Seoul, DPA proposes an underground fiction, the "Seoul Groundscape Plaza" as part of the exhibition "Envision Seoul Underground"

2018 celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the completion of Ewha campus complex (CEE) in Seoul, a keystone project that changed the topography of university campuses around the world. ECC also represents the beginning of a long and continuous relationship between DPA and the city of Seoul. In 2017 DPA was chosen to design the gangnam international transit center in Seoul. Named Lightwalk, the project is not only an architectural component, it is also a land art intervention, part of the territory and the ground of the city. It will be centred on a bellow and above ground axial corridor, a minimalistic yet indredibly powerful gesture, in dialogue with the han river and Tancheon stream and the mountains in the background. 
Unferlining these two interventions lies a commun spirit, a recurrent notion, the idea that the future of cities involves a reinvention of the subterranean territory.

Proposals for Underground
several architects have responded to the invitation of the city of Seoul to reinvent the center of the city of Seoul by its basement. Nine architects for nine proposals presented during a month at the Seoul Center for Architecture & Urbanism.

Seoul Groundscape Plaza
Gravity Center 

The heart of the heart of Seoul is a quiet landmark, unexpected territory rooted deeply into the ground.
Situated at the intersection of the city's historical axis Seoul plaza constitutes the heart of the heart of the metropolis, the center around which the city gravitates. The symbolic relevance of the site, the density and complexity of the urban fabric, and the intricacy of the existing infrastructure, call for a solution capable of transforming the given reality into a coherent territory. 
Above ground the project is silent, almost absent, raidcally respectful with the current urban morphology and with the popular character of the precious site, a contemporary agora for gatherings and congregations. A continuous pavements of concentric circles reinforces the idea of public plaza, a symbol of a renewed Seoul, which aims to become more pedestrian friendly. 
Two apparently simply gestures, one at the center of the plaza, its counterpoint at the gardens of the Deoksugung palace, serve as discrete invitations to smoothly penetrate into the territory. Appearing as clean cuts on the surface of the ground both movements come off as land art interventions, they constitute a quiet and respectful landmark, a new horizon rooted in the ground. 
Below ground a different universe comes to life. In contrast to the dark tunnels of Seoul, the interior spaces are flooded with natural light creating a unique atmosphere, a device in which coexist unveiled infrastructures with newly excavated volumes and programs that multiply the layers of public space.
The proposal reaches deep into the soil, letting buildings take root and giving a purpose for the underground space that is neither functional, nor logisitical or technical. This new architecture offers underground living spaces and creates a dynamic that is at once urban, architectural and poetic, where users can experience natural light and air, deep into the ground, in the groundscape. 

dates 15 may - 20 june 2018
Place Seoul Center for Architecture & Donuimun Open Creative Village
Curator Youngseok Lee
Winy Maas (MVRDV)
Kees Christiaanse (KCAP Architects&Planners)
Dominique Perrault (DPA)
Kwangsoo Kim (Studio K works)
K-Chan Zoh (Terminal 7 Architects)
Modostudio (Cibinel Laurenti Martocchia architetti associati)
Kim Taekbin (Escape) + CHANG Yong-Soon (Hongik Univ.)