Seunsangga City Walk
The Seun Sangga Complex is remarkable not only from its sheer size and strict orientation, but also by its rigid structural design that encounters the program it is hosting
with neutrality towards their functions. Initially concepted as a urban axis and connection between two important historic sites within the city it became one of the earliest hybrid megastructures on the asian continent, with an everchanging program as a reflection of Koreas overall economic development since its inauguration in 1968. The rigid infrastructure and organisation of the seunsangga complex decreases the buildings permeability towards its direct urban environment, resulting in multiple connectivity issues between the complex and its surrounding neighbourhood.
The obvious lack of communal and recreational spaces within the seun district amplify the contrasts, as there are limited possibilities for the inhabitants of this district to gather and take part in socialising activities such as markets or events. The result is a disconnected community mostly defined through its economic relations, busy and lively during business hours, but abandoned at night and on the weekends.
The main concept is based on the creation of a continuous landscape element within the eastern transition zone of the planning area. A hill is formed from the rubel of the demolished buildings, accompanying the Seun Sangga Complex for the entire length, reaching from jongmyo park in the north all the way to toegyo-ro in the south adjacent to namsan mountain.
It serves as a connector between the Seun Sangga Complex and its neighbourhood as well as a linear park that counterbalances the lack of recreational landscape along the Seun district. Simultaneously this element establishes the original objective of the Seun complex at the time of its creation in the late 1960s to create a powerful axis between two important historic sites in the heart of the korean capital.