South Korea Has A Sky Garden, Literally!
June 16, 2017
The South Korean capital of Seoul has transformed a 3,000-foot-long overpass into a garden bridge featuring 24,000 plants.
Named ‘Seoullo’, the public 983-meter-long park has been planted with 50 families of greenery, including trees, shrubs and flowers displayed in 645 tree pots, collecting around 228 species and sub-species. The 55-foot-high park garden bridge, which cost approximately $50 million to build, is called Seoul Street. The Seoullo had taken two years to take shape since its Dutch Architects, MVRDV, were appointed in 2015.
WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
The Skygarden aims to regenerate and connect places near the main railway station that have been fragmented by roads and railway tracks. The Skygarden, which will be open to all 24 hours a day, re-uses an existing structure in the form of a 1970 motorway flyover that was no longer deemed safe for its original purpose. With architectural marvels like these, the South Korean authorities hope to make the place more pedestrian friendly.