Dongdeamun Design Plaza by Zaha Hadid Architects opened 21 March 2014 by hosting Seoul Fashion Week. DDP also hosted five separate design and art exhibitions featuring works by modern designers as well as the prized collection of traditional Korean art of the Kansong Art Museum. The Design Plaza has been designed as a cultural hub at the very center of Dongdaemun – an historic district of Seoul. DDP is a catalyst for the instigation and exchange of ideas and for new technologies and media to be explored. It has been designed as an architectural landscape that revolves around the ancient city wall and cultural artefacts discovered during archaeological excavations, preceding DDP’s construction.
The design of the development is a very specific result of how the context, local culture, programmatic requirements and innovative engineering come together – the whole new civic space is created allowing the architecture, city and landscape to combine in both form and spatial experience.
It is place for leisure, relaxation and refuge – a new green oasis within the busy urban surroundings of Dongdaemun. The design integrates the park and plaza seamlessly as one, blurring the boundary between architecture and nature in a continuous, fluid landscape.
Dongdeamun Design Plaza’s design and construction sets many new standards of innovation. It is the first public project in Korea to implement advanced 3-dimensional digital construction services that ensure the highest quality and cost controls. These innovations have enabled the team building DDP to control the construction with much greater precision than conventional processes and improve efficiency. Implementing such construction technologies make the development one of Korea’s most innovative and technological advanced constructions to date. Read the rest of this entry »