Seoul City has introduced a three-dimensional design method, or a next-generation, cutting-edge construction technology, at the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, which is under construction as an economic and cultural landmark, thus effectively materializing the characteristic of the park as Korea’s largest asymmetric building.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a next-generation construction technique in which buildings are constructed by converting the design blueprints for construction, civil engineering, structure and facilities from 2-D (square design) into 3-D (cubical design) in order to maximize the efficiency of design, construction, maintenance and repair.
The city has introduced this technique in the fields of construction, facilities, electricity, and gardening, including the entire structure of the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, which consists of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and the actual park. Although the 3-D technique has already been introduced partially in certain buildings in Korea, this is the first time that such a method has been adopted for an entire building.
With the introduction of the 3-D BIM technique, areas of blurry borders – including buildings’ slabs, walls, roofs, interiors and exteriors of spaces in sophisticated shapes and sizes, and overlapping sections with different architectural features, – can be graphically reviewed and, as a result, parts that are difficult to validate two-dimensionally can be efficiently materialized.
With the completion of Dongdaemun Design Plaza, which will consist of four stories and three underground levels with a combined floor space of 85,320㎡, in July 2012, the city expects that the facility will emerge as a world-class landmark and representative symbol of the capital.