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Reinventing a Superblock in Central Seoul - Without the Gentrification

09:30 - 13 August, 2018
Reinventing a Superblock in Central Seoul - Without the Gentrification, Courtesy Kyoung Roh, via Metropolis Magazine
Courtesy Kyoung Roh, via Metropolis Magazine

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "A Once-Maligned Concrete Megastructure in Seoul is Revitalized - Sans Gentrification".

Upon its completion in 1966, Sewoon Sangga, designed by prominent South Korean architect Kim Swoo-geun, was a groundbreaking residential and commercial megastructure consisting of eight multistory buildings covering a full kilometer in the heart of Seoul. Like other futuristic projects of the decade, it was conceived as a self-contained city, complete with amenities that included a park, an atrium, and a pedestrian deck. But construction realities crippled Kim’s utopian vision, compromising those features. By the late 1970s, Sewoon Sangga had shed residents and anchor retail outlets to newer, shinier developments in the wealthy Gangnam district across the river. Between Sewoon’s central location and plunging rents, the building became a hub for light industry—as well as illicit activity.

Wohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCK

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Wohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCK, © Hertha Hurnaus
© Hertha Hurnaus

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ernst-Melchior-Gasse 3, 1020 Vienna, Austria
  • Area

    4100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Haustrift / SUPERBLOCK

01:00 - 2 October, 2012
Haustrift / SUPERBLOCK, Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Dammhaufengasse 12-26 1020 Vienna, Austria
  • Design Team

    Johnny Winter
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011

NEU 31 / SUPERBLOCK

00:00 - 5 July, 2011
NEU 31 / SUPERBLOCK, Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Vienna, Austria
  • Area

    840.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010