Seoul Skygarden from a disused overpass

Seoul Skygarden

Dutch architects MVRDV are to design a High Line style park in the South Korean capital. Plans are now in motion for upcycling the neglected 938m long overpass which was built in the 1970s and closed in 2009 after being deemed unsafe for heavy vehicles. An elevated park will comprise a pedestrian path and a lush display of 254 species of trees, shrubs and flowers, all arranged in Korean alphabetical order. Cutting right through the city centre, it will also boast an array of shops, cafes, street markets and florists. The project forms part of mayor Oh SeHoon’s attempt to tackle air pollution and make Seoul one of the world’s most eco-friendly cities. If the results turn out as beautiful as these visuals suggest, the Seoul Skygarden could be one of the prettiest examples of large scale upcycling to date. Via Gizmodo

Seoul Skygarden

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Images via MVRDV

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).