A team led by AECOM has won an international competition for a concept design and feasibility study for Seoul Grand Park
The park, a 560ha destination with an existing zoo and an amusement park, has provided an important entertainment and recreational function to the community for thirty years. EDAW, the landscape architecture and planning firm that is now part of AECOM, developed the park’s original plan in the 1980s.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government-sponsored competition drew 21 entries from around the world, with ideas to improve the public space for citizens and better position the site as a regional and international tourist destination.
The AECOM team, which included local firms Ga-One Artas-ua.info Design and Group Han Associates, as well as Thinkwell Design & Production and Bernard Harrison & Friends, conducted an economic analysis and created a design that combines the amusement park, zoo and botanical garden with new attractions.
The team’s winning design, Gaia: The Living World, opens the entire lakefront for community use, reconnecting the city to the waterfront and breaking down the traditional segregated organisational structure of visitor attractions and programming.
The plan proposes new attractions, including Seoul Walk and Lakeside Park, a Night Safari at the Great Savanna, Korean Forest, Jungle Cruise, and an entry Winter Garden complete with a giant waterfall.