As London or Paris, The South Korea capital is crossed by a river. Near 30 bridges connect the two sides of the Han River, but Paik Nam June Media Bridge promises to be more than a simple crossing structure; it will be the new central point of the city. This is the ambicious target lined by Planning Korea architecture consultants, which presents a futuristic project conceived to be an environmental friend.
The total extension of the bridge, corresponding to 1,08 kilometers, will be covered with solar panels, so the own infrastructure can provide the energy necessary to the leisure places which where designed to its inner part -- a museum, a public library directed to the youngest passersby and a commercial centre (yes, we weren't exaggerating saying this was the bridge of the future).
And the bridge will have tracks for automobiles and bicycles, as also a sideway for pedestrians. The landscape can be appreciate no matter what kind of transport way you use, as, besides the river and the whole evolving urban scenery, it will be installed at the bridge a set of gardens whose growth is guaranteed by the local resources -- water from the river and the rains, ventilation and natural light.
Paik Nam June Media Bridge functionalities go beyond: originally designed to consider the transit of th Han River, the bridge disposes of a deck prepared to receive yachts, cruises and also water taxis.
But something wasn't revealed yet: the bridge's name is, in fact, an homage to the artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006), considered as the "father" of the video art. There are remarkable sculptures conceived by him from television -- the most emblematic example if the "Pre-Bell-Man", installed in front of the Museum für Kommunikation, in Frankfurt, Germany -- and the multidiscipline performances which combine music, acting and, of course, video. That's the way the Planning Korea architects promote the cover of the bridge as a "screen" where artists from all over the world can project their media works.
Making-of Video of the bridge's maquette and comments of the creative director: