West 8 has won the international competition to masterplan Yongsan Park in Korea

View of the eco park. Designs for Yongsan Park, Korea, by West 8
View of the eco park. Designs for Yongsan Park, Korea, by West 8

Dutch design and landscape architecture practice West 8 and Korean firm IROJE has won the ‘International Competition for Master Plan of Yongsan Park, Korea’. The winning design will transform a 243ha site in the centre of Seoul that was previously used as a military base during the Japanese war and post-War American protection.

An ‘act of healing’ is the theme behind West 8’s design, the idea being that, through the restoration of the park’s ecological systems and natural environments, it will recover the forgotten landscape of the military base.

At the heart of the site will be a huge lake with streams, ponds, marchland, illuminated waterfalls and lotus basins, surrounded by natural woodland and undulating meadows. Many of the existing buildings and roadways will be restored and, if a building does disappear, a footprint will re-emerge in the form of a simple granite platform that will become informal meeting places. A series of pedestrian bridges will create gateways to the park reconnecting the city with the park.

By combining nature, culture and history West 8 aim to create a new wide-ranging urban park – the first national park inside a South Korean city. The project is scheduled to start in 2017.

Click on the slide show above to see 13 visualisations of West 8’s designs for the park.

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