MVRDV, a Dutch design company, recently won a competition to design the self-sufficient Gwanggyo City Centre near Seoul, South Korea. These concept drawings showing a futuristic looking city are the first images of the new town of Gwanggyo, located 35km south of the Korean capital Seoul. The design plan consists of a series of overgrown hill shaped buildings built to encourage high urban density and further developments around the Gwanggyo Power Centre.
The Gwanggyo Power Centre will consist of 200,000m2 housing, 48,000m2 of offices, 200,000m2 mix of culture, retail, leisure and education space with 200,000m2 of parking.
MVRDV explains their design as using rings to facilitate and include all the necessary town elements. “By pushing these rings outwards, every part of the program receives a terrace for outdoor life. Plantations around the terraces with a floor-to-floor circulation system store water and irrigate the plants. The roofs of these hills and the terraces are planted with box hedges creating a strong, recognizable, cohesive park,” explains MVRDV.
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