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Morphosis designs multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City

Korea, South Architecture News - Jan 21, 2019 - 01:18   5834 views

Morphosis designs multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne's firm Morphosis has released design for a multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City, a new planned metropolitan center designated as a special administrative zone in South Korea.

Named Sejong M-Bridge, the 85,000-square-metre building will be built in Sejong City where many governmental departments and ministries were moved to Sejong City. 

Morphosis designs multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City

"In 2003, the government of South Korea announced ambitious plans to move the capital out of Seoul, in an effort to encourage more balanced development and political influence across the country," explained Morphosis.

"Construction on the new city commenced in 2009, following a unique masterplan for a network of government and civic buildings linked end-to-end by skybridges and rooftop garden paths."

As part of the city masterplan, Morphosis proposes a walkable "high-line" for the new commercial development. The building will comprise commercial offices, retail units, a movie theater, public cultural spaces and observation bridge. 

Morphosis designs multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City

The Sejong M Bridge will be one of the first large-scale commercial projects to be completed in the new masterplan, with a multi-bridged form that references the lifted connections of the neighboring governmental buildings. 

The design scheme is highlighted with nurturing a welcoming public realm in this new city, with a green park, outdoor amphitheater, and riverwalk connecting to ground-floor retail and cinema. 

Morphosis designs multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City

The architects lift retail units and dining outlets that are lined with the lifted pedestrian walkway, while at the eleventh story a skybridge links the three office towers with a public observation deck and retail space. 

Morphosis designs multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City

"Supporting the client’s desire to create an exemplary green building, the façade is wrapped in a distinctive brise-soleil, designed to allow for optimum shading, energy conservation, and views," added the architects.

The building is under construction at site and is scheduled to complete this year. 

Morphosis designs multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City

Morphosis designs multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City

Site plan

Morphosis designs multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City

Basement floor plan 2

Morphosis designs multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City

Morphosis designs multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City

Ground floor plan

Morphosis designs multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City

First floor plan

Morphosis designs multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City

Section

Morphosis designs multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City

East elevation

Project facts

Location: Sejong City, South Korea

Project name: Sejong M-Bridge

Client: Huega Construction & Development / SH Plus

Site area: 2.4 acres / 0.97 hectares

Size: 914,932 ft² / 85,000 m²

Program: Commercial office, retail, movie theater, public cultural spaces and observation bridge

Design: 2015 - 2017

Construction: 2016 - 2019

Type: Commercial

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