17 January 2020


A Metamorphosis

A former overpass in Seoul which is part of a 1970’s highway that follows a kilometer-long route above ground traffic and was destined for demolition, has been converted into a plant-covered walkway. The 983-metre-long park that contains 24,000 trees, shrubs and flowers set into cylindrical planters was developed and designed by the Dutch studio MVRDV. The walkway, called Seoullo 7017, is part of a larger project aimed to make the city more pedestrian friendly. Its name translates as Seoul Street, and blends the years of its original construction with the renovation works. It runs above Seoul Station to connect Namdaemun Market with the city's Malli-dong, Jungnim-dong and Cheongpa-dong neighbourhoods. A network of bridges and stairs connect the branching 16-metre-tall concrete and steel structure housing hotels and shops. Further connections to street level and to "satellite" gardens are planned for the future. The park is also intended to serve as an "urban nursery", as the plants and trees grown in it will be eventually transplanted to other districts. Loops of blue lighting surrounding the planters illuminate the walkway at night, thus offering a contrast to the city's yellow-toned street lights. The lighting tone can be switched to suit different events and festivals.




‘Jersey City Urby’, a 69-storey skyscraper completed by an Amsterdam-based studio ‘Concrete’, is located at 200 Greene Street in Jersey City just across the Hudson River. Beaming 713 feet, the skyscraper is the tallest residential building in New Jersey. The Urby comprises of 762 rental units that range from studios to one- and two-bedroom apartments. It also features a range of unusual amenities, including a "creative lab", and a residency program for scientists and artists. The apartments are designed, with built-in wall units serving as desks, shelving and storage space. The units are fitted with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and washers and dryers. Its large windows offer panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty. The ground level was inspired by hotel lobbies and lounges. It houses a cafe with long wooden tables and eclectic décor. The tower also offers car parking, bicycle storage and a dog run, along with a residency program for scientists and artists. On the ninth floor, the building offers a fitness centre and a light-filled communal kitchen and dining area. This level also houses a heated saltwater pool and an outdoor deck that can be used for various social purposes.

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