04-09-2014

Secret Garden: project by Olson Kundig Architects.

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Secret Garden: project by Olson Kundig Architects.
American architectural firm, Olson Kundig Architects has designed a play area and garden centre on the rooftop of a department store in the city of Uijeongbu, South Korea. A secret urban garden with native plants and sculptures by artist Do-Ho Suh. 



Olson Kundig Architects has designed a landscaping gem on the rooftop of the Shinsegae department store in Uijeongbu, South Korea. 1860 square metres of urban garden in the middle of the city, embellished with native plants and sculptures by Korean artist, Do-Ho Suh. A rare oasis of beauty expressly for families. 





This outdoor, but protected area provides a space where children can experience plants and flowers and at the same time discover the secrets like tree-houses, a wading pool, a maze – all set off by fanciful art installations scattered throughout then garden. The intrinsically sustainable sculptures by artist Do-Ho Suh are made using only locally salvaged materials and recycled timber.





As Alan Maskin from Olson Kundig Architects, design principal of the project says, this space was designed for families to be intriguing and unusual, like nothing else.





The “Secret Garden” by Olson Kundig Architects has added a a new playful and faraway dimension to the building, bringing the children – and their families – into contact with two fundamental elements for their growth: nature and art.

Project: Olson Kundig Architects http://www.olsonkundigarchitects.com 
Design principal: Alan Maskin
Year: 2014
Location:  Uijeongbu, South Corea
Images courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects

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