Text from UNStudio:
I’Park City is designed as a unique place for unique people. The project finds its strength in the rich, layered integration of space, where architecture and landscaping work in unison to create a distinctive identity.
The conceptual inspiration for I’Park City is found in the story of ‘coming home’. This notion describes the design intention to create identity of place through a series of unique experiences; a unique journey home. This begins with the site entrance sequences, followed by the crossing into the unique neighbourhoods, the individually building design, and ultimately each distinct lobby design and apartment entrance.
Both colour and form are applied throughout the site in a manner which demarcates a sense of place. The colour strategy visually links clusters of buildings and landscape parcels into a series of neighbourhoods, thus subdividing the site into 6 distinctive zones. Organised longitudinally from north to south, the building façades are divided into 5 different design typologies:City, Village, Field, Water, and Park are the names given to describe the different designs. The interplay between colour, form and landscape work in concordance with one another, thereby creating unique spaces which, in turn act as landmarks and points of orientation which distinguish one area from another.
The blend of programme facilities and unique residential buildings, set within a coherent landscape strategy, provides a plethora of different lifestyles. With this variety one can live out their entire housing career in the same site, experiencing a multitude of different living types.
The I’Park City site covers approximately 33.5 ha and includes 88 apartment buildings.
I’Park City, Suwon, Korea, 2008
Client: Hyundai Development Company
Location: Suwon City, Korea
Programme: Residential. Urban study site branding and façade prototype design
Site area: approx 33.4 ha
No. buildings: 88 apartment buildings
Ben van Berkel, Gerard Loozekoot with Wouter de Jonge, Colette Parras and Nathalie Balini, Imola Berczi, Christian Bergmann, Hendrik Biesenbach, Kim Byungkyun, Mieneke Dijkema, Derrick Diporedjo, Ramon van der Heijden, Peter Imscher, Seok Hun Kim, Wendy Van der Knijff, Marcin Koltunski, Wesley Lanckriet, Michal Masalski, Tom Minderhoud, Lars Nixdorff, Patrik Noome, Joerg Petri, Martijn Prins, Simona Puglisi, Telmo Ricardo Antunes Sousa, Sarah Sandler, Nanang Santoso
Landscape Architect: Lodewijk Baljon, Amsterdam
Local Architect: Heerim architects and planners, Seoul
Local landscaping: CA Landscape Design co. Ltd., Seoul