This floating forest concept offers an innovative answer to concrete jungles

by Kim Megson | 28 Oct 2015

A New York-based architectural design firm have proposed an innovative new way of integrating public green space in an urban context: by making it float.

Studio MMK entered their vision for a ‘floating forest’ in a competition to design a new public and cultural space in one of Seoul’s most historic streets. In their plans for the development, 23 pagoda trees appear to hover a little way above the traffic-filled streets below.

Speaking exclusively to CLAD, Studio MMK partner Jihoon Kim said: “We wanted to propose a different open space where people can sit down and relax in a calm and poetic environment. We wanted them to be able to rest under the trees, away from craziness of everyday life. That’s how we came up with the concept.

“Instead of proposing a high-tech, trendy, ‘iconic’ sculptural object out of context with the location – as you can find all too easily in architecture today – we wanted to suggest something which resembles the familiar while also being a little bit different.”

In the design, a ground platform is raised a few metres above street level in order to accommodate a thick base layer. This allows room for the trees to root without reducing the ceiling space in the underground level below. Studio MMK call this an “Integrated Structural Landscape System”.

In their plans for the Seoul cultural building, the architects designed an underground open space below the forest, sat in an existing basement. The structure’s concrete surface would be overlaid in parts by new brick. Kim said this would allow visitors to see and touch different layers of the building; engaging them with its past and present.

He told CLAD: “We think architecture is an accumulation of memories. While I’m not claiming that the every old building must be preserved intact, if we cannot avoid modifying a building then we must somehow respect the time and memories that it had.

“As Umberto Eco once said, ‘memories are built as a city is built. It could be said that architecture, from its beginnings, has been one of the ways of fixing memories.’”

A New York-based architectural design firm have proposed an innovative new way of integrating public green space in an urban context: by making it float. Studio MMK entered their vision for a ‘floating forest’ in a competition to design a new public and cultural space in one of Seoul’s most historic streets. In their plans for the development, 23 pagoda trees appear to hover a little way above the traffic-filled
CLD,ARC,DES,GRSP,URBR
In the plans, 23 pagoda trees appear to hover a little way above the traffic-filled streets below / Studio MMK
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6618     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6618     
 
 
 
latest jobs
24000-27000
Job location: north east
company profile
Company profile: Barr + Wray Ltd
Founded in 1959, Barr + Wray is recognised as a world-leading provider of spa design, engineering, and pool and spa equipment.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
The final three houses will complete the build at the Green Village in Bali
"We want people to feel there’s hope and possibility and magic in the world"

John and Elora Hardy live a wildlife in the jungles of Bali. Magali Robathan finds out more about their work

The wellness kitchen is designed to be an open, sociable space
"I’ve used my own life as a living lab to study the hurdles from a busy career mom’s perspective"

Veronica Schreibeis Smith couldn’t find a kitchen which worked for her plant-based diet, so she invented the wellness kitchen

The family spend time together at the Swartberg House in South Africa, resting and recharging from their hectic life in London
"It’s important for people to be rooted in place. This is a very special house, with powerful connections to nature"

Jennifier Beningfield has built her dream home in South Africa, using ancient building methods

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
The Bacots moved to Serenbe in 2014, attracted by the sense of community
"We love being surrounded by people who teach us and make us better. Serenbe has also really enhanced our thinking about the value of nature and being outside on a daily basis"

Eliza Bacot and her husband Benton talk about living at Serenbe with their family

The Sangha Retreat was built on the shores of Yangcheng Lake in China’s Jiangsu Province
"The key to a happy and successful society is a philosophy that places wellness at the heart of everything"

Calvin Tsao and brother Frederick are reviving the Chinese culture of physical and mental wellbeing with their Octave Living development company, as Christopher DeWolf discovers

Steve Nygren
"Residents share stories with me of how Serenbe has changed their lives for the better and they are healthier and happier - Steve Nygren"

The original wellness community at Serenbe is expanding, with a new hamlet dedicated to health. Jane Kitchen paid a visit

features
"We’re now smart enough to know that it’s the environments we choose to surround ourselves with that impact our health and wellness"

Home wellness is the future, says Hyatt’s global head of wellbeing

The lap pool acts as a central spine for four ‘floating’ pavilions housing the living/dining/kitchen area
the master bedroom suite and two guest cottages
"Even brushing your teeth in the right space can elevate a daily routine into a ritual"

With a lap pool at the heart of the home, this property is a sanctuary for Rene Gonzalez

cladkit product news
Artemide excites with latest lighting collection
Designer Alejandro Aravena created O to 'reconcile the needs of the natural and the urban environment'
Lauren Heath-Jones
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Herzog and de Meuron, Neri & Hu, MAD Architects and Elemental, the firm of Pritzker winner ...
Carlo Ratti's 'wonder wall' robot could become reality with kickstarter campaign
Unveiled at Milan Design Week, as part of Ratti's Living Nature installation, the Scribit is the result of Ratti's ongoing investigation into and development of writing machines
Lauren Heath-Jones
Carlo Ratti Associatti has developed an intelligent robot capable of writing and drawing on vertical surfaces. Called Scribit, the device ...
Aotta launches sound panels made from hemp husks
The panels are designed to maintain 'healthy spaces' and consist of Hemp husks fashioned into a natural porous membrane that absorbs sound
Lauren Heath-Jones
Russian design studio Aotta has developed a range of eco-friendly, sound-absorbing panels made from the waste products of hemp seeds. ...
cladkit product news
Dornbracht launches 'next generation' experience shower
Rainmoon is an innovative sensory shower experience designed for use in the home
Dornbracht is taking experience showers to the next level with its multi-sensory Rainmoon concept. “Rainmoon is a culmination of bliss ...
Bartok Design installs 'transformative' soaking tubs in SpaFusion at Pallazzo Varignana
Bartok Design creates traditional Japanese soaking tubs
Lauren Heath-Jones
Bartok Design, a Japan-based supplier of Ofuro (Japanese bathtubs), has completed a major installation at the newly opened SpaFusion at ...
EAS PREVIEW: Bright Buildings to exhibit BrightOpen designs
Bright Buildings will be showcasing its range of BrightOpen buildings
At this year’s Euro Attractions Show (EAS), design and architecture firm Bright Buildings will be exhibiting its range of BrightOpen ...
cladkit product news
Designworks launches new glow-in-the-dark tile collection
The tiles contain light-absorbing luminous pigments so they glow-in-the-dark
Lauren Heath-Jones
High-end tile supplier Designworks has created a range of illuminous mosaic tiles for commercial use. Designed to bring light into ...
Zaha Hadid Design partners with Royal Thai to create carpet collection celebrating Zaha Hadid's legacy
The carpets capture Hadid's notable use of layering and interweaving as well as her use of light and shadow
Lauren Heath-Jones
Zaha Hadid Design has partnered with carpet manufacturer Royal Thai to create a new carpet collection inspired by the work ...
Tredje Natur launches Climate Tile to bring green spaces to urban settings
Tredje Natur has installed the pilot system of its Climate Tile system in the Nørrebro area of Copenhagen
Lauren Heath-Jones
Danish company Tredje Natur (Third Nature) has recently installed the pilot system of its innovative street paving system in the ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates