An Integrated Cultural and Ecological Vision for Seoul
The new Performing Arts Center is poised to become the universally recognized icon for Seoul, one that is synonymous with Seoul’s dynamic identity. The Center serves as a powerful symbol—one that evokes an instantaneous and indelible impression of Seoul as a global steward of the environment and culture, with an optimistic vision and commitment to the future.
The Han River has represented the symbolic center of Korean culture, economics and politics, since Seoul’s designation as the capital of the Chosun Dynasty over six centuries ago. The unique symbolism and position of Nodul Island, at the heart of contemporary Seoul, is the impetus for our design. The scheme is unequivocally unique to the ecology and topography of its site: it redefines the site boundaries to encompass the whole island, incorporates a nature preserve as an integral part of the design, and brings the surrounding water onto the site. Beyond simply a proposal for a building complex, the comprehensive design for the new Seoul Performing Arts Center (SPAC) transforms the entire island into a world-class cultural destination and an ecological haven.