Seoul Magok waterfront -South Korea


Seoul Magok Waterfront

competition (lost)

Connected by several motorways leading towards Seoul city center and surrounded by quarters in development, Magok is one of the key sites in the urban renewal of the outskirts of the South Korean capital. This vast park of 115ha will offer its inhabitants a varied program around the themes of open air leisure, sustainable development and natural environment in the city. The wide ribbon of the River Han functions as a connecting thread, both real and imaginary, between the city and the faraway rainy landscapes where it finds its source. The vestiges of the natural river vegetation and the permanent veil of mists that floats above the surface of the water make one travel outside of Seoul in the mind. Several hills emerge in this sub-urban landscape, echoing the mountains that surround Seoul.
The topography and hydrography of the project are inspired by the ambiances of the River Han. The new hills and the lakes take on the shapes of concentric circles that are superimposed and intersect, like the ephemeral drawings that the drops of rain leave behind them on the surface of the river. The park will function like a hook and eye between the river and the city. The project is defined by the interaction of two distinct vocabularies: one, organic, evokes the world of the River Han, and the other reflects the hierarchical network of the city. The new marina, one of the main programs of the park, will be connected to the river via the circular boat terminal building. This latter will extend the park beyond the barrier of the riverbank motorway. It will form the river entrance to the park and the new quarters. It will also regulate the high fluctuation in water levels throughout the
year. The banks of the large central lake will host a complex of swimming pools and a congress centre. In the south part, directly linked with the new quarter, a botanical garden with several greenhouses will present the plant world from a scientific angle. The constellation of the lakes will form retention for runoff rainwater coming from the adjoining quarters.

The plant palette will be organized into three groups:
- the grid: a rhythmical pattern of “city trees” to structure the fluid spaces all along the park.
- the mountain forest: a vegetation composed of local species from the neighboring hills that will cover the higher points of the park.
- the banks: the riverbank vegetation that will spread to the interior of the park following the banks of the lakes.

Client : Ville de Seoul
Project Manager : Andras Jambor
Team : TN+ / Architecte : FHY / Images: TN+
Surface : 115 ha
Year : 2009