Seondaero Plaza

Area: 7.520sqm

History of the Future

The first decision is to maintain the space that is left after the demolition because space is also an historical value; this space talks by itself.
The second decision is to keep the footprints of the buildings after the demolition, not only the remains of the columns but also the original ground and underground levels.

The design puts together both things, the space and the footprints.
From this base, we start to design a space from the emptiness the recent history has left.

This is a new concept: emptiness as heritage.
Once we have the footprints and the levels of the recent history of the site, the design completes its need to tell the history of the place by sculpting the emptiness of the site with the traces of the history of Sejong-daero.

‘Overwrite the city on the site’.
Adaptation of the map traces of the site to create a ‘historical footprints topography’. The space would be designed as a big historical model of the district.

‘The recent history’ Levels and columns.
Existing structure and underground level of the demolished building will be integrated as remains of the building which one day was in that place. The different levels allow the creation of a topography to isolate the space from traffic and city noise.

Natural materials for a humane space.
Wooden slopes, stairs and floors are designed and adapted to the topography to create a dynamic and warm space.

Urban park _ Green and water.
Green zones and pools complete the landscape, adding natural spaces where one can feel as if in a park, while in the middle of the street.

Linear wooden benches would be distributed around the topo-graphy. Floor lighting and information totems would use the building footprints of the map.