Magok Waterfront wins AR Future Projects award
As one of the few remaining large-scale undeveloped sites within the city limits of Seoul, the Magok district is challenged with balancing issues of appropriating urban development, providing waterfront park for leisure and recreation for the surrounding community and creating a landmark destination for the city of Seoul in its effort to revitalize the Han River. As the first large scale waterfront park, this proposes a unique vision for this 21st-century eco-urbanscape posited to redefine contemporary conditions between urban/land/water/people.
On 1,170,780 sq m of open farmland directly adjacent to the Han River, M-Park will be the largest connected 'water-park' in Seoul and the first in a series of Han River Renaissance Plan projects. Samoo Architects' proposal activates multiple conditions of water as a catalyst for a natural eco-system, not simply a restoration of nature, but rather a complex union between advanced technology, nature and man originating in an innovative idea of an eco-friendly community.
Building programs inside the park act as the three-dimensional transformative layer creating synthesis between the multiple layers of the earth, water and sky. As water is the central thesis for the park, an extensive water management system has been developed where filtration and revitalization is vital to the life and health of the park.
The judges said, ‘Compared with much recent development in Seoul, this water-based intervention provides variety and welcome relief. The site analysis has been translated into a credible proposition for future improvement. The designers have recognised a new green lung for the city’.