The site for Project H1, an old industrial site and railyard, is located close to the mountains in the north-east of Seoul.
Situated between two existing residential neighbourhoods, the introduction of a new rail link has however created an opportunity to revitalise the area and connect the two neighbouring developments, as well as nearby stations and parks. For the new mixed-use economic hub, quality of life, health, nature and 'growing together as a new the local community' are paramount.
The concept for the area design would ideally be guided by traditional Korean urban planning principles, which respond to the surrounding natural landscapes.
As such, a continuity of green space is maintained throughout, while the form language of the buildings follows the soft topography of the nearby mountains and visual corridors are created to the mountains beyond.
Well being and productive landscapes
A key aim of the masterplan design is to improve wellbeing by connecting people directly to nature through a focus on outdoor living. Therefore, extensive urban nature is developed on the site by way of key landscape elements comprising cultivated nature (gardens, parks, themed green roofs) and less cultivated, lush green landscapes and nature zones.
Conceptually and strategically the H1 masterplan is based on a principle of ‘productive landscapes’.
In terms of citizen well being, the 10-minute city includes programming for health focuses on fitness, food and clean energy, with the inclusion of climbing walls, public parks and running tracks, in addition to encouraging people to walk and cycle through the site by excluding cars.