Seun Sangga  Seoul 2016


More than a building Sewon Sanga represents an urban fossil that paradoxically has become a modern archaeological relic, while still alive and functioning.  To remain relevant, Sewon has to adapt and transform to the present. In the process generate a vision for Seoul’s future, which, steers away from grand utopic images rather focusing on consolidating the here and now.


Conceiving the Sewon Sanga project as a system is the antithesis of generating a cosmetic or gratuitous form as a proposal. The system is based on overlapping but separate layers, each component working together with the other to create a new and de- fined synergy.  All the elements of the system combine to act as an urban filter: a mechanism to order and inject a new impetus into an ailing complex.  The “filter” is conceived as an autonomous independent component, which generates new conditions and relationships when set against the existing concrete materiality of Sewon. 


The new independent structure, generates a complex relationship with the city in section.  It is exactly in section where the new project comes alive: the perfectly horizontal slab accentuates the +10m level change between the North and South side, in the process generating a generous covered public space adjacent to the entrance to the Jongmyo Shrine.


The linear Park has been designed as a sequence of individual “Layers” running perpendicular to the main orientation of the complex (East/West). Each layers has been conceived following a specific theme: Korean Garden / New Programme / Four Seasons / Vegetation which are then laid out in a staggered manner as to create a woven landscape.


Third Prize Design Entry for The International Competition to Develop a Public Park above Seun Sanga 1960's Megastructure

Design team

Prof. Peter W. Ferretto

CHOI Sungyeol

In collaborate with eSOU Architects:

Hyunsu KIM

Sangcheol KANG

Youngju AHN


20,000 Sqm



Urban Revitalization