When looking at the site plan, you can see it as a three finger plan. The extraordinary unique government complex is an example of integrating building with landscape. The unbuilt project located in South Korea’s heartland takes advantage of the natural resources there.

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The topography interferes with the design leaving a great impact on the site and the form of the buildings. Green roofs that are used as outdoor urban designed spaces and visual corridors that connect to the surrounding could be seen as passive ways to enrich the site. In addition to solar panels, materials, maintenance and operation systems could be seen as active ways that raise the building’s efficiency.

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I would like to talk about the green roofs in particular. I find the idea brilliant. The efficiency of using the space above and underneath and the strong relationship they create between indoor and outdoor especially when the roof becomes connected to the land sloping down. It’s like the building is formed from the landscape sculpturing in it and coming back to the ground again. Human-Nature Art

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This great typology of integration is trying to create a site that is welcoming, open, friendly and warm. Instead of defining the space and protecting the building by fences, walls, gates and isolating it from the surroundings, from the people, the building is integrated in the context in an interactive way. I see it’s very important to decide the way you want to present a building.

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What do you want it to say? When it comes to politics and you design a governmental complex, the case is a bit sensitive. The design would either present democracy, transparency, cohesion or it would show segregation, isolation and coldness. The building would say whether the government cares or not!

IS this project a vision or just a utopian image ?

By Rehab Ayman

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