15,000 平方米 (sqm)
全孝晶 JEON HYO JEONG
地下广场 SUNKEN PLAZA
访客中心 VISITOR CENTER
展览空间 EXHIBITION SPACE
Underground space of New Gwanghwamun Plaza is transformed into a new inter-connected spine and an experiential sanctuary
that pays tribute to everything related to the historicity of Joseon Dynasty. The new underground spine serves as a themed historic walk towards Gwanghwamun, activating public space at the central axis. Along the route, we have designed a series of feature spaces - Naval Hall of Yi Sun-Sin, Palace Plaza of Sejong the Great, and Yookcho Passage; each with its own identity and functions, to enrich the experiential sequence along the walk. Skylights and ground openings allow natural sunlight and direct view vistas to the statues, and also facilitating way-finding at below-ground level.
Naval Hall of Yi Sun-Sin:
Pays tribute to the famous war general from below. The sunken plaza reminiscent of his famous turtle-ship translates his former glory into a new representation of space. Waterfall cascasding down from both sides of the columns creates loud and turbulent sounds of water, symbolizing the turbulent history associated with the General, Imjing War and the historic battles.
Palace Plaza of Sejong the Great:
Palace Plaza of Sejong the Great is an underground interchange plaza that connects both north-south and east-west movements. Skylight opening allows magnificent view towards Sejong the Great Statue from below, and beneath it is an otherworldly palace that combines a Winter Garden, Sejong Exhibition Hall, and Tourist Information Center.
Visitor Information Hub:
Visitor Information Hub is a newly proposed facility situated between Gwanghwamun Axis and City Axis. The dome-shaped space is a symbolic disposition of harmony for bringing together the existentiality of the Co-Axial City. It has direct access to ground-level plaza via spiraling steps. The circular seating areas next to the Hub provide visitors places to gather and rest when arriving here.
The underground passage along the central spine is transformed into a multi-functional corridor combining circulation and themed exhibition spaces. Along Yookcho Passage, permanent and temporary exhibitions can take place. Linear skylights above the passage will allow afternoon sun to cast into the circulation areas.
Steps of Ascension:
Steps of Ascension brings visitors up to History Plaza in front of the restored Woldae and Haechi Statues from below-ground, surrounded by a gentle reflection pool and quiet water cascades. Steps of Ascension, the sunken steps, acts as a transitional space between the past, the present and the future. The framed view of Gwanghwamun when stepping up into the plaza is the best testimonial statement of its status and importance to the city.