Light MonumentalityGraduate School of Design Harvard University
Seoul, South Korea   2011    

The existing Seoul station is located in a dense low-rise residential area, which is enclosed by mountains to the east and west. An urban island effect is created in the urban fabric because of the large scale of the station, and the two main traffic roads which follow the stream of platforms exaggerates this phenomenon. The public transportation on the main roads connect to different areas in the city, but there is no way to cross from one side of the platform to the other side for the local neighbors. Therefore, the addition of the International Train Station wants to be a bridge that connects the two bisected residential areas, but at the same time create a unique experience for the people who visit the city from aborad by creating a direct exit from the international hub to the local streets of the city.