OLYMPIC GYMNASTICS ARENA AND CONCERT HALL RENOVATION
Public & Cultural
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Winning Competition, 2015
The 1988 Olympic Gymnastics Arena and its location within the Olympic Park has significant cultural and historical importance. Not only has it been the premiere cultural performance venue of Korea, it represents the historical legacy of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, a significant event in modern Korean history. Furthermore due to its accessibility within one of the largest public parks in Seoul it is able to provide a memorable everyday experience to a large number of visitors.
The K-Pop Concert Hall’s design was developed with the goal of establishing a new programmatic identity while preserving the historical and symbolic significance of the existing structure and façade as much as possible. The scope of construction was minimized by reusing a majority of the existing structure. The circular hall surrounding the outer edge of the building was expanded and renovated to accommodate a wider range of retail and event-related programs, and more importantly prepare the facility for any future expansions. Much of the renovation was focused on the roof structure which was replaced with a dynamic 3D truss system inspired by the form of a tornado, symbolizing the venue’s central role in the recent surge of global popularity of Korean pop culture.
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