Gallery: GREEN TOWERS IN THE PARK: Seoul Commune 2026

 

There are green towers and then there are green towers. Subtitled “Rethinking Towers In The Park,” the Seoul Commune 2026 project by Mass Studies is just sheer genius. Aside from its futuristic green aesthetic, the concept is an investigation into the viability of future sustainable community structures in dense metropolitan areas. The organically-shaped towers take the classic architectural idea of towers in the park, and literally turn the park into the towers themselves, offering a cheeky yet profoundly sustainable and forward-thinking solution to community development.

The towers’ internal functions are separated into public, private, and commercial, offering purely-private rooms called “cells” and communal spaces for public activity. Members of the commune may range from permanent residents to nomadic short-term lodgers. “Bulb” areas serve as commercial spaces including offices, public services, and welfare/medical facilities.

The skeleton of the towers is constructed using different types of glass, from photovoltaic glass to recessed glass panels that create shaded balconies. Atop the glass is a geotextile that allows for the growth of vines and other flora that provide additional cooling and environmental advantages to the building and surrounding site.

The towers’ organic forms come from a system of building components that range from dome shapes to conical and cylindrical modules. Each lends itself to specific functions, and when stacked, provide a variety of tower shapes that are each different yet geometrically related.

The project by the Korea-based firm came as a response to Korea’s rapid technological and architectural development, which the designers describe as “anarchical.” The Seoul 2026 proposal offers a fully-functional community development that is efficient, high-tech, and immensely sustainable.

Visit Mass Studies’ website to view a full slideshow of the project.

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12 Comments

  1. 줭승ㅈㅐ May 28, 2014 at 8:34 am

    they`ll never get to build it anyways……

  2. wesley October 10, 2007 at 4:39 am

    i think you critics need to step out of your conformative cacoons and open up to our ever changing world. Ideas like this have the ability to brighten up millions of peoples lives, giving them the opportunity to be part something new, vibrant and not just confined to those squares you all design! Thumbs up to the folk who took the courage to break away from the norm and come up with something exciting….

  3. elle August 21, 2007 at 12:28 am

    looks pretty gross! I think they might have to rethink the puke green approach…

  4. haldane April 25, 2007 at 6:33 am

    This gives me hope, seeing this project helps me get out of bed and face another day in this dying earth existence. I cant wait until we leave the linear dead world of the box and start building and thinking with the patterns of natural geometry (hex and sphere). I look forward to designing furniture for these kinds of spaces…

  5. vincent March 13, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    not able to appreciate this yet…

  6. heri siswanto March 3, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    wuw! it s great! wud u mind for telling me more bout it? i need d information for my collage.

    thx,

  7. Neal February 23, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    …that looks pretty awful.

  8. jane February 23, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    I *love* the way the towers look like celadon vases with lattice cutouts. A gorgeous way to restore some of “old world” neighborhood dynamics – creating pockets of community where kids can run to the corner market and pass by familiar faces of people chatting at the fruit stand or lingering in front of a barber shop, or yoga class, or whatever…from what I can tell, these towers don’t accommodate people driving through them. Seoul is certainly running out of space horizontally for these kinds of neighborhoods so go vertical and why not go green and gorgeous while you’re at it?

  9. Nick Simpson February 22, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    Why try them on a small scale? You surely lose most of the advantages provided by these buildings. I’m not entirely sure one way or another about these sorts of things but hey, if you’re going to build skyscrapers you should be building them green… Thing is though, is this actually going to be built? There’s been a million and one “proposals” with most never built – Le Corbusier “proposed” to bulldoze Paris and start afresh… Not that it really matters, even just as a theoretical idea it’s very interesting!

  10. david February 21, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    This is a great idea… from the looks of it, this could be tried on a much smaller scale easily — like on the scale of a couple of sheds in the back yard and then a small single family home.

    The final design does not have to look exactly like the photos, but simply embody the principles they inspire.

  11. Bryce February 21, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    That’s really impressive, but it looks a bit pie in the sky. I would love to see more renderings of the interior spaces. I think that’s what’s making me disbelieve that this is in any way feasible.

  12. Kenneth February 21, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Wow. Faaaar out! I’d love to see this when it’s built. (I also I think those yoga gals need glass and/or railings at the building’s edges so they don’t downward dog onto the concrete some 20 floors down.)

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