“spreadSEOUL”, aims to be the backyard of the surrounding along its track by giving clues and offering trails to nearby resources, giving a chance to enhance the diversity and connectivity of the neighboring by an adaptive reuse of the existing infrastructure (pixelated parks, schools, available rooftops, semi-private playgrounds and unused courtyards) that are merged with the new ones focusing on body, mind, and soul, through a community design process.

the main idea under the “spreadSEOUL” is to take advantage of the surrounding facilities and support them with this linear adaptive park program according to the special needs of the community. the core design concept focuses on body, mind, and soul. the revitalization should not only be physical but also social and give spirit to both innovative and traditional ideas (or combined) and uplift the community to engage in activities of sorts.

the adaptive reuse of the existing infrastructure, empowering the diversity of the surrounding, is creating a place to get lost and relax where you can dive in all the way through like a river and get out from some other point, connecting you to some other part.

new identity for the city-district

‘spreadSEOUL’ is a project that is aiming for much more than a greened and urbanized physical environment. The main approach of the project is to enrich the community’s social territory. This new identity is offering a flexible and modular philosophy, that would be directly in connection with the community’s various needs and generate a warm and close relationship. It would be an improvable, human-centered starting point, that would spread around and connect to the sources of the city or create new ones.


rebuilding City - rebuilding Community

The philosophy of the ‘spreadSEOUL’  is believing to synthesize the habits of the community with the current and upcoming needs of the future and help to generate a strong community by using the power of the production of space. ‘spreadSEOUL’  offering a process that would be evolving and changing with the needs of citizens, that would generate a positive physical and social impact for a reunited and productive community.


an event and production space 

Having various functions and remarkable starting amounts of “Elements”, ‘spreadSEOUL’  a self-sufficient urban transformation project, is the key element of the upcoming needs of the ‘green economy’ and the future society. ‘spreadSEOUL’ is offering an interactive and productive space with its components, proposing connections with body, mind, and soul, in desire to generate strong communications with citizens, to encourage participatory, creative environment.


shaping the city with its own participants

Urban projects have always been shaped by the community in time even then they haven’t been designed for the needs, user-tailored design is a new normal for designing the future of the cities, what makes cities more joyful and positive. ‘spreadSEOUL’  offering a participatory design process, to select and find the best possible distribution of the functions of the park, as well as streets and voids.


elements - Points of Interests

Taking ‘the scale’ into ‘human interaction’, ‘spreadSEOUL’   consists of designing with several dimensions ‘Elements’, that are forming the voids by the functions that are blended in a harmony of the needs of society. Diversification of the functions triggers the connection of every single part of the community, which has been gathered under “body, mind, and soul” letterheads in the project, trying to shape new functions with the old and new habits.


welcome to the new center of the city

holding the southwest periphery of the city, the “National Assembly” road runs about 8 km through, three districts Gangseo-gu, Yangcheon-gu, and Yeongdeungpo-gu, all having their own unique attractions, they are barely connected to each other and to the city grid and relatively remote from urban public facilities and green areas especially in this particular area, and the road reserves its right to bridge this gap.

the districts’ main mottos are on the aim to embed harmony, growth, dynamism, energy, and nature into their future-oriented and human-centric approaches of governing which make those features significant elements to reveal the potential of this road to form a complementary connection within the urban fabric. 

it is only 13 minutes by car from the starting point, “Sinwol” Interchange to the Gimpo International Airport, and 37 minutes to Seoul Plaza. 

it would take a minimum of two hours to walk down this road on a sunny day and more than a day to explore with the surrounding.

It is most likely to become the new center of the city soon.


closer to the project area

what we deal with is a road that navigates into three distinct characteristic neighborhoods, starting from the “Sinwol” interchange “Mok-dong” and “Yeouido Park”. The first in the line of buildings serve predominantly of industrial and tertiary sectors mixed with residential areas. half of the visible urban morphology here shows signs of a traditional layout of a capillary street network on both sides of the road, below 12m wide and unpaved, non-practical for car traffic and directly attached to a large boulevard. the area is more private and less penetrable. main public areas are down to pixelated playgrounds and sports equipment in limited green areas. 

the dense structure of the urban fabric loosens in the “Mok-dong” area with middle to high rise apartment blocks in a green scenery where the public facilities are not only playgrounds but wider green playfields (baseball, football, tennis, basketball, etc.), cultural-welfare and educational facilities (cinema, theater, performance hall, library, youth and elderly welfare centers). 

once an island of sands, now the so-called “Manhattan of Seoul” is the last part of the project area, where mixed residential areas give way to public administrative buildings and business towers surrounded by “Hangang Park” and cut through with “Yeouido Park”.


the question

how do we deal with a highway that behaves as an invisible industrial wall between the districts that run through and disintegrates communities for long enough to alienate from each other and the urban fabric? 


the idea

community-centered design progress is the key feature to tailor-design an urban fabric. citizen-oriented events and activities that encourage to see the city as a shareable platform and claim it to reshape should be the main agenda of community centers. the project is the core of this understanding and disseminates its particles to the city to create a cultural, social and physical network for people, with people, and by people. 


designing the urban voids

the dynamism and fluidity of everyday life turn every individual into a decision-maker of their surroundings. the interventions to the physical and social making of spaces by everyday users are the actions that form lively urban areas. letting go of control, asking the needs and desires of people, encouraging them to team up for and with their neighbors, going agile and finding the right partners on both digital and physical platforms for the production (physical) and reproduction (social) of these spaces also help rebuild the community while rebuilding the city step by step. Shaping and sharing with others create an unbreakable bond with the city and people, turning it into one of the happiest places ever.


exploring new routes

as a friendly rival of the Cheonggyecheon Stream, “spreadSEOUL” has the possibility of creating vertical and horizontal routes of aimful walking and biking tours day and night, creating awareness of the sensitive relation of human and nature.  “Gastro botanist” themed walking tours ending in shared kitchens and open tables sharing knowledge and skills of healthy food and cooking for long life, an early exercise class with your neighbors to strengthen your body with tree poses in the open fresh air,  cultural and artistic workshops of nature with local artists and enthusiasts, being part of energy-generating land arts, camp nights and hikes, bird watching, “plogging” (jogging and picking) events, as well as “shape your city! shape yourself!” or “shape it! share it” festivals, temporary street closures, integration into existing walking routes of the districts and the list goes on.


old habits-new functions 

core concept of the new functions focuses on body, mind, and soul, where it is usually missed out and take a back seat in the chaotic and exhaustive fast flow of urban life, which is not easy to prioritize in deficient urban zones and it is also the human psychology that finds it normal to live an unhealthy life in the city. Around an 8km of the road makes it easier to dive in from every access point and enter a parallel world of possibilities.

elements of “soul” compose the natural landscape and they are the absolute essentials of the park. all of them offer some shade under, some provide more comfortable relaxing areas. these are mostly the places of getting rest, meditation, light exercise, education and gardening (herbs, flowers, and fruit trees). water gardens also feature as stormwater storage and support the irrigation system. all ground materials are natural, relatively soft and permeable, like self-binding gravel, rolled gravel, sand, bark, grass surfaces, and extensive vegetation. 


elements of “body” accommodate activities in a simple, fun and encouraging manner for all ages. the main purpose of these elements is to make you move or be part of a move, promoting a healthier lifestyle without backing down.

some elements like swings, seesaws, trampolines or some other relevant equipment combined with mechanical systems would help generate and store electricity for nearby lightings, making the users give back to nature. the functions may change and accordingly with the needs of the surrounding residents. 


elements of “mind” offers activities enhancing the motto of “coming together” and “doing it together”, sometimes just to sit down and wait for an event, or to harvest the latest products of your urban farm, or to learn some new way of planting seeds or to teach your favorite tips on how to grow the best tomatoes at the community center. You accidentally became involved in a “land art” workshop with your neighbor who also happens to be your jogging partner and now you can see your latest art piece from your balcony while you are watering your special tomatoes. Next time you are going to a rain pavilion and watch it collecting some. 


the planting of the elements is mainly determined consistently with expected mature / branch height and crown spread of trees that provide ease to their functions by creating canopies, expanding patches and connecting corridors. Typical side effects of a landscape, other than providing shade, enriching visual scenery, improving air quality, enhanced biodiversity, reducing flood risk and urban heat island effect, they are to be the living cultural heritage of future generations. do not forget to get your daily dose of a tree.


the management of the park

urban farming is the new paradigm for reuniting with nature and also create an innovative economics, especially with the cutting edge technology, the community could be encouraged to engage in such thriving activities and make use of the existing urban voids either on the linear backyard zone or on the spread courtyards or rooftops, even starting from their balconies, as a basis for reshaping the city and being an active part of it exclusively. The elements could be used for the management of the park, like community farming, flower and herb gardens, and fruit trees along the park could be leased for a specific or limited time to willing residents and residents also either rent or encourage to operate their own gardens and then sell the products where they lease stands in maze parks. 


Gukhoe Daero Park Master Plan Design . 2019 . SEOUL . South Korea . 260.000m²    //1st Honorable Mention