Design unveiled for Seoul’s leaf-shaped sports and culture complex

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A consortium of South Korean conglomerates Hanwha Group and HDC Group, with Hana Financial Investment and designers Benoy, Populous, dA Architecture Group, Heatherwick Studio and Now Architects have won a competition to develop the Jamsil Sports Mice Complex in Seoul.

The consortium’s design, called “The Leaf”, will be located on a standalone pier close to the Jamsil Sports Complex, which was built for the 1986 Asian Games and 1988 summer Olympics.

The development will have an undulating façade with a walkable roofscape connecting to winding trails. It will contain water gardens, play areas, a flexible event space, as well as an auditorium and a marina for water taxis and leisure craft.

Stuart Wood, Heatherwick Studio partner, said: “At the heart of our project is the idea of playful togetherness. We want this to be a refreshing and dynamic new civic space for the city of Seoul where people come to laugh, explore and connect. Somewhere joyful and restorative for everyone.”

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