The forest is our way to nature, joining air, trees, water, wind and soil. There, nature is linked on harmony: all the elements work together. This inner balance guided the creation of the Seoul's newest cultural and artistic centre. Designed by the Unsangdong (YoonGyoo Jang, ChangHoon Shin, SungMin Kim) architects, "Culture Forest" will be sign of innovation and intense interaction with nature.
The project -- which won the first award on a contest for building up a cultural and artistic centre at SeongDong-gu, a region of the South Korean capital -- has seven floors beyond the three floors on the underground. One thousand square meters will shelter an urban park inside a building, and, thus, South Koreans will appreciate cultural events at the best environment as possible.
The centre, supplied with solar light, will be fulfilled with trees, bushes, garden benches and places for relaxing while appreciating a panoramic view of the city. The roof of the building will also have a special care: it will be an open-air courtyard surrounded by trees and covered with solar panels for capturing energy.
Concerning about inner spaces, the spotlights are directed to the Flying Theater, a dark-purplish-red auditory designed with geometrical shapes in order to have the best acoustic as possible. The flight of stairs that surrounds the building links all the floors on a long cultural road that can be observed from outside, providing an idea of connection and harmony. Besides a space for concerts, the centre will also offer a library, a discussion room, an area for kids and a program that promotes ecologic and healthy ways of live.
"Culture Forest" intends to join artistic, ludic and cultural activities on a space available for communication, learning and relaxing.