SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, May 29, 2018 — In December 2022, the Changdong-Sanggye Start-up and Culture Industry Complex will be built at the transfer parking lot site located in front of the Changdong subway station. The scale of the new complex is expected to be 45 stories and 156,263 square meters in the ground area.
Along with the “Platform Changdong 61,” a newest comprehensive cultural hub that opened in 2016, and “’Seoul Arena,” a multi-cultural facility to be built up in 2023, the project is aimed at transforming the underdeveloped Changdong and Sanggye area into a new center for jobs and cultural activities in the north-east region of the city.
For the project, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) held a two-stage international design competition, and announced Monday, May 28, that it selected SIAPLAN Architects and Planners as the competition winner.
SIAPLAN is an architecture firm based in Seoul, and it designed several high-rise multi-purpose buildings, such as Tower Palace I and II in Dogok-dong, Park One in Yeouido, and Traplace in Mok-dong.
The judging committee says, “SIAPLAN understands the project well, and its concept design “Conversion Platform” is very creative and highly sophisticated enough to bring new economic, social and cultural vitality to this area.”
The SMG plans to negotiate construction details with SIAPLAN to conclude a contract in June and complete the basic design by the end of August.
According to the winning design, the complex will consist of two buildings – one is a 17-floor and the other is a 45-floor. The two buildings are connected to each other and completed with an “open space wall” to maximize the openness of the building so that anyone is allowed to see inside the building from every direction. Also, pocket gardens of various sizes are featured throughout the building in order to touch the nature at any place in the building.
The complex’s open spaces will be connected to the outside park and square and also to co-working spaces inside the building so to allow people to walk and move easily. It is designed to maximize opportunities for start-ups and residents to communicate and collaborate with each other.
The main facilities to be set up at the complex include 700 spaces for start-up creative business residences, a start-up accelerating space with a capacity of 2,500 people, 300 culture-related offices, 1,440 parking lots, a bookstore, a cultural performance hall and other commercial facilities.
The residence space will be filled in from the 6th floor to the 45th floor of the building in consideration of the office sales and business value. It is for those who are just starting out in a career, young entrepreneurs who run one-person start-ups, and cultural artists to reside, work and enjoy their spare time in one place. It reflects the changing era of “digital nomads” who are freed by the constraints of time and space.
The start-up accelerating space in the complex is a space for entrepreneurship, education, exhibition and marketing. It will support promising start-ups from the North-East Start-up Business Center, which will be constructed in 2020, and also from nearby 15 universities to foster them into venture companies.
The so-called “Cultural Palette” is also created in the ground and underground spaces connecting to the buildings. Four mini parks are landscaped, which looks like a palette, and they are all connected. In the underground space between mini parks, a movie theater, an open studio for one-person media and retail stores will be located.
This Cultural Palette is linked to the Changdong multi-transit center and Seoul Arena to be built near the Changdong subway station so that people is able to walk at ease. It is expected that this place will play a central role in revitalizing the regional economy.
The Changdong-Sanggye Start-up and Culture Industry Complex project is a part of the Changdong- Sangye New Economy Development Project that will rejuvenate the area from a “bed town” to a place where people are able to work and enjoy their lives at the same time. The Changdong and Sanggye area is the center of the northeast region of Seoul, designated by the city government based on the “2030 Seoul Plan,” the master plan for urban planning of Seoul.
In March 2017, the SMG designated around 980,000 square meters in this region as a target area for the urban regeneration project. And a total of 24 unit projects are being implemented to revitalize the regional economy, create jobs, improve cultural and livelihood infrastructures in the region.
As the first stage project, “Platform Changdong 61” was opened in April 2016. A “Generation Convergence Complex,” where the start-up business center and 50 Plus Campus will be located, is scheduled to start the construction in June this year and will complete it in April 2020.