037 SEOSOMUN

Second Prize Competition Entry for Seosomun Park in the heart of Seoul

2014
SECOND PRIZE WINNER

The boundary is not that which stops, but the boundary is that from which something begins its presence.


URBAN PARK
Our concept is to materialize the boundary into an active monument that reconnects the forgotten history of the park into a memorial for the catholic martyrs who lost the life fighting for their beliefs.

In/Ex
The site’s history has evolved with a constant struggle between belonging and being excluded from the city.  This paradoxical INCLUSIVE/EXCLUSIVE situation is the starting point of our conceptual approach to the project.

Urban Island
The park is today isolated from its immediate urban fabric on all four sides of its perimeter: rail tracks, elevated highway, massive complex and finally a main street.

Public Space
By materializing the boundary into a physical threshold we both commemorate the history of the site and at the same time create an isolated enclave, a place for all to find their inner peace; a place where absence creates a new form of contemporary public space, detached from commercial and superficial events and connected to both nature and history.

MEMORIAL 
The boundary becomes a permeable wall for citizens to both engage and contemplate.  As well as accommodating the main circulation arteries and functional services the wall also houses two forms of memorials that generate the park’s identity:

44 Martyrs
The first memorial is connected specifically to the 44 martyrs who died in Sosumun Park between 1801-1866. 
Each martyr is represented by a 6m high column supporting a canopy above, which are layout across the whole length of the wall as to create a spiritual journey of remembrance.
The stone rectangular columns have a bronze abstract cast piece embedded into the structure commemorating the specific martyr.

14 Stations of the Cross
The second monumental element is a series of 14 chapels that represent in the form of a spatial manifestation Jesus’ 14 Stations of the Cross.
Like the columns they are scattered around the whole perimeter of the site.
DATE
July 2014 

STATUS
Competition, 2nd Prize

PROGRAMME
Urban Park with Church Facilities

SITE
Seoul, South Korea

AREA
10,000 m2 Church and Museum
40,000 m2 Park

TEAM
Peter W Ferretto, Hyunsu Kim, Keunyoung Ryu, Sungyeol Choi, Heeyoung Pyun,
Pia Mendaro, Ander Ibarra, Christina Lee
002 LERIDA
024 OUTLET
046 DONG VILLAGE
004 OSLO MUSEUM
028 RESORT
036 INGREDIENTS
026 URBAN LIVING
021 EXHIBITION
015 BUSAN OPERA
029 OUT OF BALANCE
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