Main Street of Yangdong-District

Main Street of Yangdong-District

Seoul, South Korea

Size: 8,000 m2
Status: Design
Project Design: 2019
Address: Sowol-ro and Sowol-ro 2-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Client: Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Programme: International invited design competition for Main Street of Yangdong-District. Connect walkways with the historical and cultural assets found dotted around Namsan, such as Seoul Hanyang Doseong (The Seoul City Wall) and Sowol-ro. The basic direction involves the use of “green” methods to reconnect once disconnected paths, and to improve pedestrian environments by drawings upon the specific conditions and environmental circumstances of each path.

The Seoul City Wall was originally built in 1396. It stretches along the ridge of the city’s four inner mountains - Bugaksan, Naksan, Namsan, and Inwangsan - covering a total of 18.6km. This wall delimits and defines Old Seoul and is an important element of the city’s cultural heritage. Today, only fragments of the wall remain.

As a strong linear monument which connects a network of public spaces and parks, the Seoul City Wall has the potential to become a catalyst of a people-centred Seoul. One of the historic districts that lies along the wall is the Yangdong neighbourhood, characterized by rich detailing and a varying topography, but dominated by car-oriented roads.

Mecanoo’s design for the Gureum Gil, an elevated pedestrian walkway in the Yangdong neighbourhood, creates a people-friendly connection between the Seoullo pedestrian walkway and Namsan Park.

Journeying along the walkway is a unique experience, overlooking a terraced landscape. Visitors are led through dense trees and open areas with beautifully framed views of the Seoul City wall. The deck and inner side of the balustrades have a warm wooden finish. On the outside, reflective metal creates a ribbon that picks up and blurs the colours of the surroundings. Holes in the deck frame the trees underneath, allowing visitors to vividly experience the landscape below.

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