MVRDV designs Seoul entertainment district with gold entrance and curtain façade

The 9,800-sm complex will have retail and nightclub space with a plaza in between the two concrete buildings.

July 21, 2016 |

Paradise City in Seoul, South Korea. Rendering: MVRDV. Click here to enlarge.

People will notice a big gold splotch when they are flying into Seoul.

The Dutch architecture firm MVRDV designed Paradise City, an entertainment district in the South Korean capital. Comprising two buildings with a plaza in between, the main entrance is colored with a giant golden circle. The firm says the spot will mark the entrance like a sunbeam and will even be visible to airplanes landing at and departing from the nearby Incheon Airport.

The 9,800-sm complex consists of two concrete buildings. The curved 3,600-sm Sandbox will be a retail center that connects to a new casino. Partygoers will flock to the rectangular, 6,200-sm Nightclub, which also has a water club and sky-garden on the upper floor.

The windowless buildings will welcome guests with glass entrances worked into the curtain-like façade. 

“The buildings are opened by lifting them like a curtain, unravelling their interior,” MVRDV Co-founder Winy Maas said in a statement.

Construction will begin later this year and finish in 2018, in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

MVRDV worked with Gansam Architects, who designed the wider masterplan that includes a boutique hotel, food-court, spa, galleries, and convention facilities.


Rendering: MVRDV. Click to enlarge.

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