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MVRDV's Seoul Skygarden will be a walk in the park

MVRDV's Seoul Skygarden will b...
The Seoul Skygarden is due for completion in 2017
The Seoul Skygarden is due for completion in 2017
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The Seoul Skygarden is due for completion in 2017
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The Seoul Skygarden is due for completion in 2017
The Seoul Skygarden project follows an international architectural competition to transform the city's 17m (55 ft) high Seoul Station Overpass
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The Seoul Skygarden project follows an international architectural competition to transform the city's 17m (55 ft) high Seoul Station Overpass
The Seoul Skygarden will also include retail spaces including tea cafés, flower shops, and street markets
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The Seoul Skygarden will also include retail spaces including tea cafés, flower shops, and street markets
As an added bonus, the Seoul Skygarden will cut the walking times of pedestrians walking the route around the station from 25 minutes to just 11 minutes
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As an added bonus, the Seoul Skygarden will cut the walking times of pedestrians walking the route around the station from 25 minutes to just 11 minutes
It will also include retail spaces including tea cafés, flower shops, and street markets
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It will also include retail spaces including tea cafés, flower shops, and street markets
Since the success of NYC's famous Skyline, such projects are very much in vogue at the moment with city planners and architects
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Since the success of NYC's famous Skyline, such projects are very much in vogue at the moment with city planners and architects
The firm is working alongside various landscaping and engineering experts to turn the 938-m (3,077-ft)-long stretch of road into a green space
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The firm is working alongside various landscaping and engineering experts to turn the 938-m (3,077-ft)-long stretch of road into a green space
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Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has unveiled plans to transform a large stretch of unused raised highway in Seoul, South Korea, into a pedestrian-friendly skygarden. The Seoul Skygarden is due for completion in 2017 and will also include some retail spaces, such as cafés, flower shops, and street markets.

MVRDV's involvement in the project follows an international architecture competition to renovate the city's 17-m (55-ft) high Seoul Station Overpass, which dates back to the 1970s and was due to be demolished.

The firm is working alongside various landscaping and engineering experts to turn the 938-m (3,077-ft)-long stretch of highway into a garden. It will include 254 species of trees, shrubs, and flowers organized to reflect the Korean alphabet. Besides the aforementioned retail spaces MVRDV will also install a plant nursery, and hopes that the raised park could inspire other nearby satellite gardens which could potentially be connected by stairs and walkways.

The Seoul Skygarden project follows an international architectural competition to transform the city's 17m (55 ft) high Seoul Station Overpass
The Seoul Skygarden project follows an international architectural competition to transform the city's 17m (55 ft) high Seoul Station Overpass

As an added bonus, Seoul Skygarden will also cut the walk times of pedestrians navigating the route around the nearby railway station from 25 minutes to just 11 minutes.

Since the success of NYC's High Line, these kind of projects are very much in vogue with city planners and architects. The fact that the Seoul Institute and Korea Planners Association reckon the project could generate as much as 1.83 times the cost of its construction and maintenance in economic benefits can't have hurt its chances of being realized, either.

Source: MVRDV

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