The Jerde Partnership completes new destination in the Hapjeong district
Located in the evolving Hapjeong neighborhood in downtown Seoul, adjacent to the Hapjeong train station, the 295,615-sq-m Mecenatpolis is a transit-orientated destination featuring a composition of three high-rise luxury residential towers, one high-rise 'Class-A' office tower and an expansive, open-air mixed-use public realm at its base, inspired by the elegant form and curve of a natural canyon.
The open-air village comprises nearly 90,000 sq m of retail and dining, as well as an events auditorium and public park for recreational and cultural activities where visitors and residents can gather and engage. Terraced balconies, glass bridges, landscaped roof gardens, open-air spaces, mesmerising water features and a grand central plaza all reinforce the idea of a fluid and choreographed circulation system at the core of the retail complex.
The free-flowing rhythm incorporates the region's age-old concept of a ‘unified well' to shape the main central plaza that is Mecenatpolis' core gathering area, which showcases an active water feature and an abundance of open-air public space and restaurant seating areas, designed to draw people inward. A multi-purpose hall, designed as an iconic lantern piece with beautiful wood paneling, sits adjacent to the cultural park and will host events such as concerts and other special performances.
The organic design of the complex evolved by reinforcing key connections through the site from the station to the surrounding neighbourhoods, creating a fluid pedestrian experience within the retail, while making the best use of the location in this emerging neighborhood next to one of Seoul's busiest transportation hubs. Realising the highly active nature of the city's residents, the new urban destination celebrates the outdoor experience as a retreat from the fast pace of the surrounding city; an urban park that will stimulate the resurging community while providing a dynamically integrated pedestrian place, authentic to the culture of Seoul.