Dongdaemun Design Plaza was inaugurated on March 21, 2014; in one year the building designed by Zaha Hadid Architects has welcomed 8.5 million visitors, consolidating its mission as a cultural centre and incubator for creative ideas.
The building links the city’s historic memory, focusing on its ancient walls and the archaeological findings that have been discovered over the years, with nature in a new 30,000 sqm public park reinterpreting the traditional Korean garden.
The cultural centre is holding a series of events celebrating its first year, including “Together 36.5 Design”, an exhibition reflecting on the terms “difference” and “discrimination” through design projects that have improved the living conditions of people with physical disabilities, and “Kan Song Mun Hwa”, an exhibition of landscape paintings from Kansong Art Museum’s collections of traditional Korean art.
Location: Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, Korea
Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects,
Photography by Virgile Simon Bertrand
Credits for Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Zha Project Leader: Eddie Can Chiu-Fai
Zha Project Managers: Craig Kiner And Charles Walker
Zha Project Team: Kaloyan Erevinov, Hooman Talebi, Matthew Wong, Martin Self, Carlos S. Martinez, Camiel Weijenberg, Florian Goscheff, Maaike Hawinkels, Aditya Chandra, Andy Chang, Arianna Russo, Ayat Fadaifard, Josias Hamid, Shuojiong Zhang, Natalie Koerner, Jae Yoon Lee, Federico Rossi, John Klein, Chikara Inamura, Alan Lu
Zha Competition Team: Kaloyan Erevinov, Paloma Gormley, Hee Seung Lee, Kelly Lee, Andres Madrid, Deniz Manisali, Kevin McClellan, Claus Voigtmann, Maurits Fennis.
Local Architect: Samoo Architects & Engineers (Seoul, Korea)