Imagination Circle by Unsangdong Architects

A natural poetic observatory

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▼建筑外观,external view of the pavilion ©Sun Namgoong

Imagination pavilion was a project suggesting the existing old observatory to the new one. The observatory for amusement and a view where we could meet nature and overlook cityscape, doesn’t only serve functional role but also would like to suggest a pavillion with new imagination. The barrier free zone which is located along a trail is a regional nature community space which is most loved and used by local people who are meeting the nature. The imagination pavillion which has installed in the peak of the trail is a final destination for easy strolling but also a connection between another nature world and the city, new landscape amusement, and a starting point for the other journey. We designed panorama vertical trail which is a playground for a relationship of the nature and inhabitants, which naturally gets related after watching the nature landscape at the observatory, and also strolls inside the forest. Through this, it suggests a poetic pavilion assimilates with nature, incorporates and amuses the forest and sky, and an attractive observatory which actively combines formative mystique and nature inside the mountain.

▼森林中的瞭望塔,observatory in the forest ©Sun Namgoong


Culture-Art Playground inside the Mountain


When strolling along the trail, two streamlined shape staircase and one elevator could be met at the  observatory. Users can freely choose how to go up to the observatory. Two stairs present with different perception and landscape when going up and down. Hope going up and down the streamlined shape staircase turning body all around could be another amusement of walking. With structure columns supporting the observatory, a staircase on the other side, and a reflection type stainless ceiling light on the bottom part of the observatory, the pavilion becomes a three-dimensional aperture of the landscape which makes us to understand Bulam Mountain’s nature with different emotions and senses. We hope this three-dimensional and strange landscape where an artificial pavilion and nature meets abruptly could be another fun culture-art playground inside the mountain for the observatory users.

▼两条楼梯和电梯通往塔顶,two staircases and one elevator going to the top of the pavilion ©Sun Namgoong

▼建筑由结构柱支撑,底面采用镜面不锈钢,pavilion supported by structural columns with reflected stainless bottom ©Sun Namgoong

▼多功能娱乐场,multifunctional playground ©Sun Namgoong

▼流线型的楼梯,streamline shaped staircase ©Sun Namgoong

▼在楼梯上可以欣赏不同的景色,visitors could enjoy different views on the staircase ©Sun Namgoong

▼楼梯细部,closer view to the staircase ©Sun Namgoong


Poetic Nature Observatory


Bulam Mountain is low in height, but its shape is a heavy rock mountain and a valley’s line, and tree crowds are diverse. The observatory deck is a place where the mountain and sky could be directly communed. The streamlined shape observatory deck secures a view to the Bulam mountain and city to the maximum and subdivided an area for near approach so that it could have diversity in landscape. A shape of the poetic language provides an inspiration assimilates with nature to the citizens, and it’s a poetic nature observatory opened to anyone.

▼顶部瞭望台,observatory deck on the top ©Sun Namgoong

▼不同方向可以分别欣赏山和城市的景观,enjoy the mountain and city landscapes on different directions ©Sun Namgoong

▼夜景,night view ©Sun Namgoong

▼总平面图,site plan ©Unsangdong Architects

▼底层平面图,ground floor plan ©Unsangdong Architects

▼顶层平面图,top floor plan ©Unsangdong Architects

▼剖面图,sections ©Unsangdong Architects

Location: Mountain 101-1, Junggye-dong, Nowon-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Use: Observation tower
Site area: 277.117m2
Built area: 140.13m2
Total floor area: 143.57m2㎡ Floor 1F
Structure: Steel frame structure
Architect: Yoongyoo Jang, Changhoon Shin
Design team: Youngdong Goh, Myeonggil Jung, Jiyeon Woo, Sohyun Yim, Yongchul Lee, Seoyeon Joh, Jaeho Song, Hyejung Kwak, Changgeun Lee
Photographer: Sun Namgoong

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