Completion Date: September 2011

 

Sevitsome (Seoul Floating Islands), Seoul, Korea
HAEAHN Architecture + H Architecture PC

In 2007, the Seoul Metropolitan Government launched an urban revitalization initiative called the ‘Han River Renaissance’ to activate the areas along the Han River that has long bisected Seoul. By creating places for civic culture and leisure easily accessible by the river, this master plan not only mends the physical and socio-economic division between the north and south of the city, but also pays tributes to the Han River, the significant artery and natural resource of the city.

The Sevitsome (Seoul Floating Islands), a venue for civic events and activities corresponding to this master plan vision, are three man-made architectural structures that were designed to be ‘floating’ above the river so that its development would not disturb the natural resources along the river. In addition to the cultural event and exhibit spaces, the islands provide various parks, walkways and outdoor spaces to encourage pedestrians’ healthy leisurely activities.

The islands are designed to consider for the active qualities of the river programmatically and physically. The shape of the islands accommodate for the fluvial movement of the river current. The bridges connecting the islands to one another and the riverbank also account for this movement while creating areas with less current. These areas can be used for on-the-water stages. The bridges are also retractable, for when the islands are not in use or if the water current is too turbulent.

The design concept for the floating islands is taken from the process of flowers blooming. Each of the three islands takes the form of a flower in different stages of bloom- Seed, Bud, and Blossom. With petals of glass and metal, the flowers are intended to be made of color, utilizing the highest technology of lights and digital media. The islands become an expression of current and imminent Korean culture, technology, and innovation.

Gavit(Island Vista) is representative of a flower in full bloom. It is the largest of the three islands, and is composed of layers of glass petals. This island will accommodate a 692 seat multi-purpose hall for plays, concerts, festivals and other cultural performances. It also has a restaurant, firefly garden, observation deck, and an observation station. Incorporated in this island are the septic and MEP systems needed to ensure that the operation of all three islands have the least impact on the Han River and its surroundings.

Chavit(Island Viva) symbolizes for a flower bud. It is the largest of the three islands, and is composed of layers of glass petals. It will accommodate a 692 seat multi-purpose hall for plays, concerts, festivals and other cultural performances. It has a restaurant, firefly garden, observation deck, and an observation station.

Solvit(Island Terra) is identified as a Seed, a smaller and more compact building. This island is intended for a base hub for water sports and leisure activities which are very popular on the Han River. It has a roof garden, club house and sporting goods shops.

The facades of them are expressive of the type of flower each island represents. Gavit(Island Vista) has a mostly fritted glass façade, creating a large undulating pallet for an extensive LED lighting system. Chavit(Island Viva) introduces an inner curvilinear aluminum paneled building surrounded by transparent facades with open structure and translucent ribbon-like panels. Island Terra says the origin of the three islands with curved brown color aluminum panel and glass.

All three islands are tied together with the various colors of customizable LED lights and projections. This LED system allows for the programs within to be expressed in numerous ways on the façade of the buildings, informing the entire city of the special event.

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