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Libeskind Wins $20B Seoul Master Plan Competition
Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009 |

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Studio Daniel Libeskind Wins International Master Plan Competition to Create 34 Million Square Foot, $20 Billion New Riverfront Development District in Seoul, South Korea

NEW YORK - Studio Daniel Libeskind has been named winner of the master plan competition for the Yongsan International Business District of Seoul, South Korea. The new large-scale district features a cluster of residential, office and retail neighborhoods in an extensive urban park along the Han River.

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The plan, called Archipelago 21 because each of the linked neighborhoods functions like “islands” within a sea of green park space, will contain a total of 34 million square feet of built area. The $20 billion development is slated to break ground in 2011. The development entity is Yongsan Development Co., Ltd, a South Korean conglomerate. The district will also contain new cultural institutions, educational facilities and rapid transportation systems.

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“The idea is to create a 21st Century destination that is at once transformative, vibrant, sustainable and diverse,” Mr. Libeskind said. “I wanted to make each form, each place, each neighborhood as varied and distinctive as possible. The plan, and each building within it, should reflect the vertical and cultural complexity of the heart of Seoul.

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“We are proud to be selected for this major project from among so many distinguished firms,” Mr. Libeskind said. Finalists included Asymptome, Foster+Partners, Jerde Partnership and Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Studio Daniel Libeskind worked with ARUP and Martha Schwartz, Inc. on the winning entry.

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Daniel Libeskind, B.Arch. M.A. BDA AIA is an international figure in architectural practice and urban design. He is well known for introducing a new critical discourse into architecture and for his multidisciplinary approach. His practice extends from building major cultural and commercial institutions - including museums and concert halls - to convention centers, universities, housing, hotels, shopping centers and residential work.

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Daniel Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany in 1989. Upon winning the design study for the World Trade Center Site in February 2003, Studio Daniel Libeskind moved its headquarters to New York City and the office is now headquartered two blocks south of the original World Trade Center site. SDL also has two European offices based in Zürich, Switzerland and Milan, Italy; as well as a number of site offices located around the world: San Francisco, Denver, Bern, Toronto, Milan and Hong Kong.

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Since 1990, the office has been fortunate to be involved in a diverse array of urban, architectural and cultural projects. SDL has won commissions for major cultural buildings and significant urban projects in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Dubai, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Canada, the United States, Japan, Spain, Israel, Mexico, Korea, Singapore and China. Most recently, Mr. Libeskind’s extension to the Denver Art Museum and its new residences opened in October 2006. In addition, this summer, the Extension to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada; the extension to the Jewish Museum Berlin in Germany; and the Ascent, a residential tower in the United States, will open.

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Daniel Libeskind’s architecture continues to reflect his profound interest and involvement in philosophy, art, music, literature, theater and film, as well as a continuing commitment to expanding the horizons of architecture and urbanism. It is fundamental to Daniel Libeskind’s thinking and motivation that buildings and urban projects are crafted with perceptible human energy and that they speak to the larger cultural community in which they are built.

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Comments:
Merv
Thursday, May 14, 2009
It looks like a corporate office park cum golf course. Hardly any Architecture (with a capital 'A') to speak of.

I think Libeskind's ego is getting even more out of control (if that was even possible!). Now he thinks this sort of bland stuff is design.

Chris Nelson
Brooklyn, NY
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I knew that they would be able to build the WTC proposal!

anonymous
nyc
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Can't even bring myself to comment beyond borrowing from our financial crisis and saying that this represents systemic risk to our profession.

Superchicharron
London
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I guess he got to build his freedom tower somewhere else.. Good for him..

LA architect
Los Angeles
Thursday, May 14, 2009
You don't have to go very far back in history to see that multiple towers in a park is often a recipe for urban disaster. Not many images here of what it would be like on the ground - probably because it hasn't been thought out.

A city is more than just a cool high rise off in the distance.

anonymous
nyc
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Why not just frame the city and be done with it?

JAir IBarra
Mexico
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Mr. Libeskind I`ll send you Fernando Donis info, you may learn some tricks
My god, first gehry, Lucas now Libeskind who`s next.

b.s.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
i want to respect daniel libeskind. i really do. he is making it really hard for me to say good things about him. "the soul"..... are you kidding me?

Dustin
Friday, May 15, 2009
How big are these buildings? It would be nice to have some sort of scale. I lived in Seoul for 6 months and it has some fairly large buildings, but even the smaller of these buildings seem to be much larger than the existing ones. Anybody have some info? I agree... I think the Main tower is interesting, but extremely expensive, the rest just kind of stand there.

teapo
Friday, May 15, 2009
Don`t worry, just another advertising project from famous architect. There is lots of those, mega billions projects which looks bombasticaly, which will never be realised - the only function is to show the Modernity of the city and increase tourism, and grow the fame of the autor.
The`ll spent just 30-50 hours to make those visualisations ( it would take me as much time ) so energy spent is very small - and they recieve publication on most design blogs and newspapers. Very gaining.
And also developer of the site would increase prices of ground, and could sold it much higher price smile

international consultant
Middle East
Friday, May 15, 2009
Again, this latest display show that Mr. Libeskind knows nothing about designing, building or managing the development of cities, especially in the developing world. As he and the other "star architects" continue to show us, the myth of "the architect as hero" - and their reality as hustler - is alive and well in the world of celebrity and media madness. Let's just be glad it will never be built.

J
London, UK
Friday, May 15, 2009
If the client has this money to spend for this sort of scheme why not hire the likes of the corporate types at SOM/HOK?

J
London, UK
Friday, May 15, 2009
b.s:

In all seriousness...yes, the soul is for sale!

hD
Saturday, May 16, 2009

dkau
los angeles, usa
Saturday, May 16, 2009
this is a masterplan competition. thus buildings are conceptual. there will be several building competitons which will follow the masterplan stage. i would expect that there will be a half dozen more competitions on this project.

hj
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
in the second image it looks like Libeskind is "giving the finger" to Seoul, not very polite if you ask me

David Shaw Nicholls
NICHOLLS modern
Friday, May 22, 2009
When will we get back to basics........ architecture by starchitects is now a mirage, a graphic goof. A hairdryer cloaned to a golf club.
Halt ego building, take up a pencil people, go to India, take the stairs, taste real food, lift a brick, or get out of here with your bag of bloated mega bites. Notre-Dame-du-Haute was our peak. Obviously!

MAM
USA
Saturday, May 23, 2009
What a pile of steaming crap.
How does this guy who knows little about architecture and absolutely nothing about master-planning and city planning keep being awarded masterplans?
These clients get what they deserve from this hack.

M Strabala
shanghai
Friday, June 05, 2009
same idea as always ..... dannny was an idiot in 94 when we met, and he still is today ... looks like the WTC competition revamped

MD
Berlin
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Just read his book "breaking ground" before pouring out prejudices here!
I cant understand this kind of animosity!
Jealous, I-criticize-everything people.
Even know anything Libeskind has built? Read before blabbering...
Know what visions are? Wish a world without visions? congratulations!

Dedy Fernado
Singapore
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Irresistible Masterplan! Mr Libeskind signature shaping the "Seoul Master Plan". A part of the skyline along the han river unified as one characteristic merged with the nature...showing its owned beauty...

Glad to see his masterpiece again....

rebecca
Sunday, January 24, 2010
This is poor planning and poor architecture. How can master planning be reduced to an image of architecture, and poor architecture at that?. In what way is Seoul promoting new urban potential through a lifeless relationship between towers, commerce and a park?
It is a testimony, not only to the paucity of Libeskinds office but to the processes and judgement that now determines who wins competitions, based on images, instead of questions of sustainability, program, non-determinism and evolution over time.

pAwAn
India
Thursday, September 23, 2010
i just have two words to say ...... it's Awesome ....

DeAngelo
Ca, usa
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Obviously the guy who is a pessimistic one ranting about structural planning was one of the competition losers lol

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