The Seoul Metropolitan Government began the Seoul Station 7017 Project in earnest by starting repair works on the bridge in March. All construction work will complete by April 2017; until then, sculptures will be installed and various events will be held for citizens.
Beautiful safety facilities, green walkway wall
The Seoul Metropolitan Government covered the wall at the overpass construction site with design works featuring citizens’ feet walking on the green walkway, along with businesses and cultures that represent the Seoul Station area.
Since the wall along the Seoul Station Overpass was low and long (2 m in height, 300 m in length), there was a limit in applying design. Therefore, by highlighting various “feet” walking on the walkway, the design invokes the image of walking on a walkway. The wall installed at the entrance and exit of Toegye-ro and Malli-dong depicts businesses and cultures representing the Seoul Station area. The design of the wall was created by the young designer group “VERY JOON OH” as a part of a talent donation, which is meaningful, as it is a policy with citizens.
The wall of Seoul Station Overpass is not only designed to avoid danger at the construction sites, but also to promote the Seoul Station 7017 Project to citizens and tourists, as well as serve as new tourist attraction in the Seoul Station area.
The wall of Seoul Station Overpass has a green background, symbolizing a walkway with flourishing flowers and trees, and depicts various feet of citizens walking on the walkway.
In particular, the feet of Seoul citizens represent traditional shoes made in various materials such as cloth of hanbok, silk, and straw, drawing citizens’ imagination to those who have walked along this path in the past.
The Wall at the entrance and exit in the direction of Toegye-ro depicts children’s clothes, general merchandise, kitchen supplies, flowers, glasses, accessories, cameras, and other goods representing Namdaemun Market.
The wall around Malli-dong depicts a sewing machine, tape measures, scissors, pens, brushes, paint, and rollers which represent sewing industry, Malli-dong Artists Cooperative and Art & Design Studio.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government created and opened to the public the Seoul Station 7017 Info Garden, which is a small edition of the Seoul Station Overpass Walkway at the pedestrian passageway next to the Seoul Metropolitan Library. The Seoul Station 7017 Info Garden consists of two cylinder-type structures, which will be used as an exhibit room and an information room, and a walkway where large tree pots and lights are installed. It is designed by Winy Maas, the Dutch landscape architect who won the international design competition for the renewal of the Seoul Station Overpass.
At the Seoul Station 7017 Info Garden, events will be held until November for experiencing in advance various programs that will take place on the Seoul Station Overpass Walkway in April next year. The events include “This month’s Info Garden,” for enjoying in advance the seasonally changing landscape of the Seoul Station Overpass; “Info Garden Learning Festival,” featuring puppet shows; a flea market; walking tour programs; and others. In addition, Overpass Story Exhibition will take place, displaying the past and the future of Seoul Station and Seoul Station Overpass, with messages and pictures of visitors to the Info Garden.
The room is a cylinder-type structure five meters in diameter and four meters in height. The entire wall is made of glass, and citizens passing by can look into the exhibition and videos displayed inside.
This is an open space where, using smart media technology, visitors can experience in advance the past and the future of the Seoul Station Overpass in virtual images and share their own opinions.
Work Support Place: Staff are stationed to provide citizens with information on Seoul Station 7017 Project, including the Seoul Station Overpass Walkway.
On the walkway, large tree pots (six general pots and four bench pots) and lighting illuminating night landscapes are installed, creating a small garden where citizens can rest.
Major plants featured are pinaceae (Japanese red pine, Lace-bark pine, Pine tree, and Pinus strobus) representing evergreens and Rosaceae (Four season rose, Apple tree, Korean whitebeam, and Hawthorn) representing deciduous trees.
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The new name and face of the Seoul Station Overpass Walkway has been decided. “Seoullo” has dual meanings of “walking path for people representing Seoul,” and “a path towards Seoul” at the same time. It also refers to the year 1970, when Seoul Station Overpass was built, and the year 2017, when it will be transformed into a walking path.
The logo is designed using a curved shape, and resembles a smiling face with good grace, showing friendliness. The letter “ro” symbolizes the shape of walking human feet, highlighting the meaning of “walking path.”
The design of BI “Seoullo 7017” was created by “VERY JOON OH”, a creative group of designers in Seoul, headed by Oh Joon Sik, who was a creative director at various companies, as a part of a talent donation. Previously, VJO designed the 300-meter long wall of the Seoul Station Overpass’ main track as a part of a talent donation.
The BI announced will be applied to civic facilities on the walkway, as well as various road signs indicating the walkway. In addition, the city plans to develop applied designs in various kinds to utilize them in making souvenirs.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government operates Green Walkers, a volunteer organization, to manage the new Seoul Station Overpass Walkway. The Green Walkers were selected among citizen volunteers, and received training for 10 weeks for the systematic operation.
On July, the first Green Walkers (93 people) finished all education and had a completion ceremony. The first Green Walkers will improve their ability through various activities such as workshops and field placement.