M.A.C. Open Space
Master Plan
Multi-Function Administrative City | South Korea
2007 | International Competition

Reacting to the overcrowding of Seoul and the need for a more geographically centralized government, South Korea has initiated design and construction of a new city with government administration at its core. The basis of the competition was the design of a 12sq KM open space devoted primarily to park uses, but also housing major cultural institutions such as a design museum, performing arts complex and modern art museum, as well as residential and commercial programs.

We began our investigation with the premise that the cultural institutions could act as an energizer for the park. If spread throughout the park at equal distances, their effectiveness as an attractor would be diminished, but if placed closely together, in a purposeful act of densification, their proximity could act as a vitalizer.

Located on crossing axes that connect site features, the cultural hub becomes the center of the park. The north/south axis links an off-site folk village and the sports complex. The east/west axis connects the dense city development to an amphitheater that was added to the program requirements to draw visitors to the center of the site. As well as being an active destination, the hub’s placement on the edge of the site forms a gateway between city and open space.

The park is poised to evolve, similar to a city, in that over time uses will differentiate and the program size and arrangement will change to meet necessity or desire. The project will not lie as a static formal construction within a bustling city, but rather, act as another evolving element within it.

Designed as partner at Studio Shift.

Project Team: Christopher Warren, Mario Cipresso
Landscape Architect: SWA Group - Los Angeles