Dutch firm KCAP to design new district for Seoul

Rotterdam-based firm KCAP Architects & Planners has won an international design competition to regenerate an area of Seoul known as Sewoon District #4.

KCAP will use a modular building system to transform the district into a "sustainable mixed-use area combining urban manufacturing while respecting its cultural heritage".

The 280,000 square metre project will include space for offices, retail, hotel, entertainment, education and medical facilities.

Historical structures will be preserved while "developing a people-oriented urban design to function as a driving force for stimulating craftsmanship in Seoul".

A jury comprising six experts in the field of urban design and architecture from academia and industry selected KCAP’s entry from a field of eight.

Professor On Young Tae, the president of the jury, said KCAP’s proposal "presented the most suitable strategy for based on excellent understanding of the historic and urban conditions of the site".

KCAP will work on the schematic design until December 2017.

Construction is planned to start in 2021 and is expected to be completed in 2023.

Images courtesy of KCAP Architects&Planners

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