Goyang, Korea 2006
The WesternDom project is acclaimed as one of the most successful, exemplary urban infill projects in the nation. Built on one of the last remaining undeveloped parcels in the Ilsan CBD area, this mixed-use center offers over 120,000㎡-GFA of programs and dynamic architectural features. While office towers anchor four corners of the rectangular sites, arrays of retails stores on a racetrack-shaped pedestrian circuit compliment lower levels of the center, creating a vibrant commercial streetscape.
Inspired by the traditional Korean marketplaces, the pedestrian passages are configured open-air, but covered by dynamic tensile structures spanning the entire passage in order to shelter visitors from the varying climate of the region. Over major pedestrian nodes such as the entry plaza and event spaces, the roof membranes adopt special structural features and thematic lighting technologies.
To create and sustain a unique identity for the regional center, a wide variety of environmental branding strategies were incorporated throughout the center. Extensive architectural components including storefronts, paving, street furniture/sculpture, signage, landscape and details such as handrails and wall sconces were carefully choreographed according to the project’s environmental design guidelines.
The project, completed in collaboration with Haeahn Architecture and RTKL, was nominated as a finalist in the 2009 Design and Development Awards program organized by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).