Hangang is much more than a river flowing through Seoul. For thousands of years, Hangang has been the central settlement, the cultural hub, and the symbol of prosperity to all Koreans. On the other hand, Yeouido is the manifestation of Korea’s economic growth based on the control of water. However, the rapid urban growth resulted in the loss of the special cultural and scenic ties between Hangang and the habitants of the city.
Yeoui-Naru and Hwangpo-Dot
The revival of the historical and cultural value of the traditional Hangang Yeoui-Naru (Yeoui ferry terminal) needs to stem from understanding that the old Yeoui-Naru was a ‘place’ for social and cultural exchange above merely a means of transportation. In a sense, the Yeoui-Naru was both a familiar and special element of the Hangang scenery. In this context, ‘Hangang Heritage’ strives to continue the legacy of the old Yeoui-Naru, using the form, color, and texture of the traditional Hwangpo sail as an inspiration for restoring the past scenic experience.
Reinterpretation of Hwangpo-Dot
The Hwangpo sail which loosely wraps around the terminal building is the central feature of the ‘Hangang Heritage’ proposal. The sail creates a translucent and permeable boundary between the terminal building and ships, effectively expanding its presence within the Han river scenery. By opening or closing the fabric membrane, the semi-open space between the building envelope and the sail can be reconfigured and adapted to various programs and events.
- Location: Seoul, South Korea
- Date: May 2017
- Architecture: Daekwon Park, Yen Hsi Tung, Yuchi Kuo, Bokyeol Lee (StoDesign)
- Landscape: Sungjin Na, Taekyung Kim, and Hansol Kang (ALIVEUS)