Jamsil Sports Park
Year: 2015
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Team: Swarnabh Ghosh, Craig Rosman, Khyati Saraf
Status: Competition

Jamsil-dong is a neighborhood replete with cultural, historical and ecological value. The advent of the Olympic Park in 1988 invigorated the neighborhood as well as the city, creating not only world-class sports infrastructure but also symbols of prosperity heralding South Korea’s growing global influence.

Our proposal builds upon this rich history by allowing the iconic remnants of the 1988 games, notably the Olympic Stadium, to retain their iconicity while preparing them for the future. Instead of attempting to make iconic objects yet more iconic, our proposition seeks to reconstitute the landscape within which these objects are situated. This is accomplished by breaking down the vast and unyielding field of concrete upon which the stadiums sit and reassembling the landscape to allow the site to function as a rich ecological microcosm with a range of habitats designed for native species.

The Jamsil Sports Complex is an archipelago and its stadiums are a constellation of islands, each with its distinctive characteristics defined by size and use. Our proposal engages the existing architecture and infrastructure tactically by building upon the extensive existing deck to create connections between the stadiums and to the rest of the site. It breaks down all four sides of the site through precisely calibrated landforms that engage with the northern and western riverfront and by situating a convention center and new small stadiums on the Southern and Eastern edge of the site.

Our proposal transforms the Seoul Olympics Park into exactly that, a park. We pull the ground out from under the stadiums and replace it with a massive new park that houses world-class sports and convention facilities while providing a highly adaptable platform for a multitude of uses in all seasons for a diverse population of human and non-human inhabitants.