Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, South Korea
LOCATION: Dongdaemun, Seoul, South Korea
ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
INTRODUCTION TO DONGDAEMUM DESIGN PLAZA SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Dongdaemun Design Plaza is a major landmark in Seoul, South Korea designed by the famous British-Iraqi Architect Zaha Hadid. This is also one of the first projects in South Korea to utilize the 3-Dimensional Information Modelling (BIM), mega truss system, and space frame system in the construction. Further, the project is a cultural hub at the center of the city Dongdaemun. It is a hub for art, technology, and design, with landscaped parks, and public plazas. The various spaces inside the DDP include Art/Exhibition Halls, Conference Hall, Design Museum/Exhibition Hall/ Pathway, Design Labs and Activity Hall, Media Centre, Seminar Rooms, and Designers Lounge, Design Market that are open 24 hours a day.
CONCEPT OF DONGDAEMUM DESIGN PLAZA SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
The designers describe it as “a field of pixilation and perforation patterns”. The building transforms itself from a solid entity by day into an animated show by night, because of the backlit façade that speckles minute perforations. Moreover, Zaha Hadid says “. The design integrates the park and plaza seamlessly as one, blurring the boundary between architecture and nature in a continuous, fluid landscape”.
DESIGNING AND PLANNING:
The complex is made of eight stories, which features 3 underground levels and 4 above-ground levels. DDP is one of the most innovative and advanced construction projects in South Korea. It reinterprets the spatial concepts of traditional Korean garden design that depicts layering, horizontality, blurring the relationship between the interior and the exterior. DDP provides the space for the community to engage, which further allows talents and ideas to flourish. The form of the structure is like a giant mushroom that is floating above the ground level.
The DDP is an architectural landscape that revolves around the ancient city wall and cultural artifacts discovered during archaeological excavations preceding DDP’s construction. Moreover, these historic features form the central element of DDP’s composition; linking the park, plaza, and city together.
Overall, the specialty of the design that it changes itself with the changing seasons. Sometimes, it looks like a single entity, and sometimes it blends with the surroundings.
The exterior is made of concrete, aluminum, steel, and stone, whereas, the interior of the building has a finish of plaster reinforced with synthetic fiber, acoustic tiles, acrylic resin, and stainless steel and polished stone in the interior.
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