Architects Planning Korea have designed a bridge for Seoul that will incorporate a museum, library and IT centre in pods along its length.
Called Paik Nam June Media Bridge, the structure will carry cars, pedestrians and cyclists across the Han River between a proposed cultural centre in the former Dangi-li Power Plant on the north bank and the National Assembly in the south.
The bridge will also be accessed from the river via docking stations for water taxis and boats, while its skin will incorporate solar panles and could be used to display video projects.
The project is on show at the Boutique Monaco Museum in Seoul until 12 November.
The architects hope construction will begin in 2012.
Here are some more details from Planning Korea:
Paik Nam June Media Bridge by Planning Korea
Korean creative director Byung Ju Lee of Planning Korea announced a new paradigm in bridge called ‘Paik Nam June Media Bridge’ in Seoul, Korea. Connecting Dangi-li Power Plant (which has a plan to be redeveloped into public cultural space) in the north and The National Assembly Building in the south, this bridge shows the first example of ‘a city expanded to the river’.
Compared to the Thames River and the Seine River, the Han River in Seoul is much bigger river across the center of the city.
There are almost 30 bridges over the Han River, but most of them were made in steel structure and concrete for better traffic.
As a futuristic and aesthetic sculptor over the Han River, Paik Nam June Media Bridge shows how to use spaces over the bridge efficiently and eco-friendly.
Inspired by the water strider, the overall shape is organic with sleek, streamlined outline. With the total length of 1080m, this mega structure bridge is covered with solar panel to generate energy by itself.
This bridge is not only for cars but for people those who walk and ride bicycle. People can enjoy public museum and library with IT complex mall for the foremost IT technology. In addition, water taxi, yachts and cruise ships can dock at the bottom of the bridge to access the bridge from the river. For the sustainable green space over the bridge, circulated vertical and horizontal garden is introduced on each floor using water from the river and rain with natural light and ventilation
To celebrate world famous video/media artist Nam June Paik, the whole skin of the bridge can be used as a canvas for media and video artist all over the world. This project is currently in the progress of reviewing to be developed in BTL (Build-Transfer-Lease) project.
Location: Between Dangin-li Power Plant and The National Assembly Building
Bridge length: 1,080m
Pier height: 18m
Maximum arch height: 72.5m
Maximum width: 89m
Total floor area: 103,620m2
Area for road: 18,190m2
Area for building: 85,430m2
Program: Driveway, Pedestrian/Bicycle Road, Tourism/Shopping & Relaxation Facilities
The Han River Museum, Public library for teenagers, IT complex mall, Cruise ship dock & parking facilities