Yesterday the Mayor of Seoul opened the Skygarden. This is a botanical garden that is elevated above the city. We did the lighting design. Ah… I hear you thinking “much like the High Line in New York City”. Well, not at all. This 1 kilometer long walk transforms a formerly abandoned highway into a living catalog of Koreas amazing world of plants and nature. There are over 20,000 plants and more than 220 different species. The locals call the Sky Garden Seoullo 7017, meaning “Seoul Street” that was built in 1970 and transformed into the Sky Garden in 2017.
This is a great project that shows the true power of design: transformative, positive, encouraging, joyful and purposeful. My compliments go the the City of Seoul for their vision and courage, of course to MVRDV for their architecture and design of the Sky Garden, to Nanam ALD our local lighting partner in Seoul and no doubt to my own team Bob van der Klaauw and Peter Schermer.
Design Development: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with Wenchian Shi, Kyosuk Lee, Mafalda Rangel, Daehee Suk, Daan Zandbergen, Kai Wang, Sen Yang and Dong Min Lee
Landscape Architect: Ben Kuipers, Delft, Netherlands
Local Architect: DMP, Seoul, Korea
Structure: Saman Engineering, Seoul, Korea
Local Landscape Designer: KECC, Seoul, Korea
Sustainability: EAN, Seoul, Korea
Architectural Structure: Cross, Seoul, Korea
Industrial Designers: Studio Makkink & Bey, Amsterdam, Netherlands
MEP: Samsin, Seoul, Korea
Traffic Engineers: Song Hyun R&D, Seoul, Korea
Lighting Design: Rogier van der Heide and Nanam Ald, Seoul, Korea
App Design: nhtv, Breda, Netherlands
Cost Engineers: Myong Gun, Seoul, Korea