A Thousand City Plateaus

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A Thousand City Plateaus


장윤규, 신창훈


김봉균, 최제일, 최수훈, 이희진, 김택민, 임인후, 손민지


서울특별시 송파구 잠실운동장



Winner of “International Ideas Competition for Urban Regeneration of the Jamsil Sports Complex in Seoul

A Thousand City Plateaus
We propose to constitute a urban plateaus that acts as a new container for the culture and everyday events. If new city plateaus for the city is creating urban platform out of penetrations pathways and plazas, making the new 'city plateaus' is as same as to conduct an enormous mapping operation with penetrating new programs, new landscape and main stadium in Jamsil.

Urban Connective Topology

The existing block of the Jamsil Sports Complex in Seoul has been become an isolated island because of disconnection between the Han River and the Coex area as well as its deterioration. Our proposal is for the reconstruction of urban topology strongly connecting the Coex Samsung station area, the Tan Stream, the Han River waterfront park and the Jamsil Sports Complex. Through continuous one horizontal plateaus, we propose the continuum of compound spaces with diverse programs including sports, culture, convention and entertainment. It will represent the horizontal mat with diverse programs covering from the Samsung Coex area to the Han River waterfront.

Horizontal Topological Monument

Urban regeneration of the Jamsil sports complex needs to represent as innate open-air park space and event space for the public. The next city needs to be horizontal as human and walkable scale depart from the existing modern city developments. We believe that the most horizontal and sustainable topology will become the biggest monument.

Rhizomorphous Human City

The concept of Descartes' modern city creates the isolated space and scale composed of the car roads and high-rise buildings. The urban regeneration of the Jamsil Sports Complex is for creating flexible city structure with adaptable, alternative and deviant territorialization deviated from the Modern city. Through the Jamsil Sports Complex regeneration, we are creating horizontal and rhizomic urban structure without distinction among landscape, buildings, streets, plazas and space programs. By transforming the existing city structures, we create a plateau as compound system without divisions among different kinds of city and landscape elements. divisions among different kinds of city and landscape elements.

Naturartificial Superposition

We propose naturartificial city, interconnecting and layering natural park program open to the public, inner programs and the artificial platform with public event spaces. It is created by overlaying Artificial mat system to existing natural city structures such as pedestrian paths of the Jamsil sports complex, vegetations and waterfront park. It is the way to create city that combining the existing nature context and the artificial city context.

Culture Network Platform

We propose new cultural networks. Cultural networks act as one medium connecting surrounding city programs and contexts. By reconstructing networked linear path, the existing Jamsil sports complex facilities and the cultural streets for future can create compound system as one. The hyper street map acting as city streets and landscapes consists of diverse city programmed cells. The upper and lower part of the platform space are composed of networking spaces where people can freely communicate, finally creating city flexibility.

Interactive Multi-Programme

The urban mat divided by streets performs different kinds of space programs such as sports, leisure, park, commercial, convention, strategy is more about boundless programs and its extension, not division of them, to easily adapt to the shifts of city desires and functions. Horizontal urban mat consists of Street cell programme and Individual cell programme penetrating internally and externally.

Ground Level Programme

The plan of ground level is designed based on existing site context through site analysis. Our proposal allows the existing road system including the Olympic road considering its coverage and costs, making the parking space undergrounded. The key programs is the international exchange complex as revitalization program. The complex is composed of three external zones and two inner program zones. The first external space plan is the open-air space programs such as camping area, swimming pool, musical theater and promenades around the Tan-stream. The second zone is the area maintained and evolved from the existing landscapes including the public plaza. The Third zone is Han-river waterfront area with various kinds of nature codes including the Han-river open theater and water leisure sports facilities. The 2 inner space programs are mainly composed of small soho offices to supplement insufficient exhibition and convention spaces as international business/MICE area. Along to the Tan stream, we propose Gangnam culture center. Secondly, we propose sports and cultural complex area planning main stadium, baseball stadium, swimming pool and basketball court as a sports-for-all plaza. Also, by planning cultural, commercial complex related to sports facilities, the Jamsil sports complex area becomes a key hub of generating sports/commercial cultures.

Sustainability & Networked Programme

We propose extended city structure from the Jamsil sports complex to the Gangnam and the Han-river waterfront area as urban regeneration master plan. The extension and connection between cell programs enables sustainable networking system between internal and external spaces. We imagine infinitely expanding space through continuous cell city structure responding to time shift and diverse programs not just as isolates as an existing city structure. The continuous cell structure is composed of different zones and programs with 5 zones. Each zone is composed of multi-layered programs not just strictly divided with strong division. The first zone is international organization and business district in Seoul medical center area. The second zone is leisure-sports area on the Tan-stream, the third zone is International business/MICE area with convention hall, meeting room, performance hall and gallery. The fourth zone is the sports complex zone with small soho offices, sports commercials/shopping center surrounding the Jamsil sports complex. The fifth zone is the Han-river waterfront cultural-commercial complex with hotel, restaurants, banquet, Seoul museum, contemporary exhibition hall and observatory tower towards the Han-river, becoming as a landmark of Seoul city.

Individual Cell Programme

Individual cell programme among the matrix of the streets plays a role as a unit of different kinds of city programs and contexts. The landscape, public event spaces and inner program spaces are designed as 3-dimensionally and integratedly.

Street Cell Programme

Objectified street volume inverted program volumes generates hyperlinked matrix in city scale. The street forms a bowl containing different kinds of programs beyond just as it is left in the city creating new cultural networks. Its networks serve as a medium to combine urban programs and contexts. Reconstructed linear networking paths become a compound system combining existing historical paths and promising cultural paths. The streets in hyperlinked spaces complete the city of continuity by extending its interactional territoriality.

Interactive Skin-Interactive Sections

The interactive skins and sections create three-dimensional volumes with multi-layered space programs combining with urban context not just existed as flat. Horizontal urban mat is composed of diverse skins with multi-levels including new city structure and the existing ground level. It skin is inserted between the streets containing different kinds of cultural programs and performances. It also combines with landscape of open space, creating a city stage with diverse events.


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