West 8 delivered Seoul Yongsan Park Basic Design
press release
On the 30th of November 2018, the Basic Design Development of Yongsan Park was delivered and presented to (client official name and title) in Seoul, South-Korea. The United States Army is currently in the process of relocating to the recently finalized military base at Pyeongtaek, just outside of Seoul. The relocation of the US Army gives way for the project to proceed to next phases of design development and allows the project site to get ready for execution of a future central park in the city of Seoul.
The team West 8 + IROJE architects & planners + DONG IL Engineering had been working on the Basic Design of Yongsan Park in the past two years, continuing our work on the Master Plan Development presented in 2016. The essence of the design is the restoration and dramatization of the original topographic ridgeline connecting Yongsan Park northward to Namsan, and beyond to the distant Buk-ak Mountain. In the Basic Design Development plans, engineering studies have been made to further develop the concept of tying the park into the continuous North-South ridgeline that defines the landscape of the Korean peninsula - the "Baek-du-dae-gan." Along this newly established topography, West 8 has created diverse biotopes that give illusions of the many beautiful landscape types that make up Korea. From open meadows to deep forests, from rocky cascades to cleansing wetlands, Yongsan Park provides visitors with an ever-changing landscape experience for all seasons.
Since the first week of November this year, the Yongsan Garrison base has been opened to the public for the first time in over one hundred years. A bus tour will drive a predetermined route through a part of the military site once a week. During these bus tours, visitors have the opportunity to walk around the historic Mancho Canal area, located in between buildings dated from Japanese colonization period of last centuries. They can get an impression of the military site before its transformation into a world-class public park.
Apart from such site visits and public presentations, the general public is in particular encouraged to participate in the planning process in the coming years and more public outreach activities likewise will continue. The aim is to collect a diverse range of opinions and ideas. A cooperative design panel, consisting of Korean citizens and the Seoul City Government is in place to help guiding important programing decisions for the future Yongsan Park.
West 8 is an award-winning international office for urban design and landscape architecture founded in 1987. Over the last 31 years West 8 has established itself as a leading practice with an international team of 70 architects, urban designers, landscape architects and industrial engineers. West 8 developed projects all over the world in places such as Copenhagen, London, Moscow, New York, Madrid, Toronto and Amsterdam. The office gained international recognition with projects such as Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam (NL), Borneo-Sporenburg in Amsterdam (NL), Jubilee Gardens in London (UK), Expo \'02 in Yverdon-les-Bains (CH) and Miami Beach SoundScape Park (US). Many of the projects are the result of groundbreaking entries in important international competitions. Recently won competitions include Toronto Waterfront in Toronto (CA), Governors Island in New York (USA) and Yongsan Park in Seoul (KR).
Amongst the numerous awards received by West 8 are the Honor Award of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Lifetime Achievement Award for Architecture 2011, Mondriaan Fund (formerly BKVB),  the International Urban Landscape Gold Award (IULA), the Prix de Rome, the Dutch Maaskant Award, the Bijhouwer Award, the Rosa Barba First European Landscape Prize, the Green Pin and the Veronica Rudge Green Prize for Urban Design.
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