An abandoned highway in Seoul has been repurposed into a 983-meter-long elevated ‘Skygarden’ by the architects MVRDV. Their new ‘plant village’ (known as Seoullo 7017 to Koreans) stands above traffic, allowing visitors to meander through 24,000 varieties of indigenous trees and shrubs.
MVRDV’s design adds much needed greenery to the city making the overall urban zone more pedestrian friendly. Along the journey you might bump into tea houses, mini-shops, galleries, restaurants, even a theatre. The Skygarden is split into diverse areas based-on fragrance and color, and together they provide visitors multiple experiences depending on their location or season.
The project manages to marry city dwellers with a strong sense of nature, while all the while offering people the chance to experience great views to the Historical Seoul Station and Namdaemun Gate. A much needed urban intervention. We welcome more!