Gallery: Massive 131 Acre Green Roof Planned for Seoul


The architects behind South Korea’s new eco dome have hatched another stunning project that plants a 131 acre green roof in the heart of Seoul. Designed by Samoo Architects & Engineers, the plan renovates the run-down Garak Wholesale Market with an eco-upgrade topped with a sprawling public garden.

Residents in the areas surrounding the Garak Wholesale Market currently complain of traffic congestion and unfortunate produce odors created by the center’s poor layout. Samoo Architects & Engineers‘ plan rethinks the commercial center from the ground up, including energy-saving features and topping it all off with a lush green roof.

The architects propose a redesigned market that features better connectivity for delivery of produce and isolates certain adverse smells (the kimchi and pickled goods stands will be relegated to the basement). Three market pavilions feature “ecotubes” that penetrate through the market’s stories to channel daylight and ventilation to the lower levels. Up top, the green roof features promenades and a large public park that mitigates rainwater runoff, insulates the interior spaces, and infuses Seoul’s city center with a breath of fresh air.

+ Samoo Architects & Engineers

Via World Architecture News


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  1. kevin0661 May 8, 2012 at 6:28 am

    What a amazing design. The Green Roof Planned must be a great project. I want to know whether this plan is accepted by Korea? And when the plan will be exercise?
    Further more,i hope to further contact you, for your amazing design. My address is And i hope to receive your kindly letter.

  2. dda January 29, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Garak is really not “in the heart” of Seoul — it’s actually way south and east, in one of those high-rise residential areas, away from city centre – or whatever passes for a city centre in this city.,127.00882&sspn=0.539826,1.234589&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Garak-dong,+Songpa-gu,+Seoul,+138-160,+South+Korea&ll=37.51844,127.115936&spn=0.27013,0.617294&z=11

  3. perfectcirclecarpenter January 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    oh wow! I love it! I’m curious if they plan to use seacrete, or concrete that sequesters CO2 instead of burning it?

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