Proposal for Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal, Seoul, South Korea, 2017

Team: Andrew Kovacs, Erin Wright, Summer Liu

Project Description:

This proposal for Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal calls for 3 architectural forms - A Box, A Bar, and A Dome to be combined into a conglomerate to serve as a new social and transportation hub for the people of Seoul. Functioning as 3 buildings in 1, this proposal seamlessly transitions leisure activities, social activities, and transportation from the land to the water. Each of the architectural types in the 3-in-1 conglomerate allow for different types of boat docking while their respective forms are dedicated to conducive functions. Such a 3-in-1 approach, not only allows for the connection of 3 architectural forms but also for the connection between activities that may otherwise be disconnected.

The Landscape

Along the Han River an ordered distribution and arrangement of architectural and landscape elements devoted to leisure and pleasure comprise a conceptual carpet that is a public river walk for the people of Seoul. These architectural elements consist and range in of various degrees of usefulness and uselessness. Small cafes, kiosks, gardens, parks, and cultural activities are distributed adjacent to follies. These follies are meant as points of relaxation for the the citizens of Seoul some with the purpose of observing the activity of the surroundings, and some with no purpose at all. The landscape of the river walk slips into the interior of the Dome, the 1st of the 3 architectural types that form a conglomerate of the new Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal.

The Dome

The Dome is the 1st component of the 3-in-1 conglomerate and is a social condenser that is a confluence point for the people of Seoul. Each of the architectural objects is isolated from each other and sits freely inside the Dome. Additionally, each one of the architectural objects is accessible from the ground, but also occupiable on their rooftops. Under the cover of the Dome, the roofs of each of these architectural objects create views across to each of the other architectural objects, the landscape river walk and views out to Han River. The volume of the Dome is populated by 11 architectural objects that contain activities such as a 1) hotel, 2) a train station, 3) souvenir stores 4) casino 5) music and movie venue 6) playground 7) restuarants and cafes 8) cultural center. Departure and arrival points for Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal are accessed through a Bar that pierces the Dome at its edge. The five boat slips located under the Dome are relegated for short-term mooring, water taxi loading, and a small craft drop-in point. Visitors access this level through the elevator or stairs in the Dome.

The Bar

The Bar is a long and linear infrastructural armature that connects and links the Dome and the Box. Modulated by a consistent rhythm of columns, there is a barcode like distribution of program along the first floor and mezzanine. Beneath the Bar is a marina facility for 20 private boats and yachts. Boat owners access this level through the elevator or stairs in the Dome.The Bar contains shops, administrative, offices, maintenance, security, ticketing, and passenger loading for arrivals and departures. Passengers access the multi-level floors using an elevator core located in the Dome, or a series of escalators at the farthest end. The Bar extends, and cantilever’s over the Han River, allowing a point of observation, as it slips through the the Box.

The Box

The Box is a large and open hypostyle hall, and is the furthest volume of the Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal that extends into the Han River. The Box contains points of passenger arrival and departure along with wharf facilities, boat rentals, marina registration and marina repair. As a departure and arrival point, the Box is equipped for ferries, advertising boats, and river bus mooring. Up to five large ships can moor on both sides of the Box at once. Besides wharf facilities on the lower floor, the terraced upper floor plates feature a restaurant, cafe, bar and observation point to look out at the Han River or back at the Dome and landscaped river walk.