Organic building shapes and rooftop  gardens evoke elements of traditional Korean  landscape paintings. (Daesung Industrial Co. Ltd. / Oikos Landscape)

Organic building shapes and rooftop
gardens evoke elements of traditional Korean
landscape paintings. (Daesung Industrial Co. Ltd. / Oikos Landscape)

A waterfall descends through  a building’s interior. (Hiroyuki Kawano)

A waterfall descends through
a building’s interior. (Hiroyuki Kawano)

Developer: Daesung Industrial
Designers: The Jerde Partnership and Samoo Architects & Engineers
Landscape: Oikos Design
Construction: Daesung Engineering & Construction

Located in the capital city of Seoul, South Korea, D-Cube City represents a significant new model for urban renewal and smart density, as well as mixed-use, transit-oriented development.

The integrated public district is connected to the Sindorim subway station and features more than 3.2 million square feet (300,000 sq m) of office space and a five-star Sheraton hotel in a high-rise tower, a multilevel leisure and cultural complex, and more than six acres (2.4 ha) of public landscape, parks, and plazas.

D-Cube City has emerged as Seoul’s primary live/work/play destination—a vibrant pedestrian-oriented district with unique shops and restaurants in its six-level, 860,000-square-foot (80,000 sq m) commercial complex, capped by a 1,400-seat performance hall and a green roof. The 42-story landmark office and hotel tower rises from the commercial district, and a new public park connects the project to the metro, the river, and recreational facilities. Two adjacent 50-story residential towers complete the new urban complex.

D-Cube City’s vertical urban land use combines these office, hotel, residential, retail, entertainment, and cultural uses with over 180,000 square feet (17,000 sq m) of landscaped gar­dens, rooftops, parks, and plazas to create a major new public space in the highly dense capital city of more than 10 million people.

Located near the Yeouido district, south of the Hangang River, in a predominantly industrial zone, the project site formerly was home to a large coal processing plant owned by the developer, Daesung Industrial Co. Transformation of the site into a mixed-use public district represents a milestone for land re­­development in Korea and acts as a catalyst for the continued growth and evolution of the area into a vibrant urban hub.

Aerial view of a public park. (Daesung Industrial Co. Ltd. / Oikos Landscape)

Aerial view of a public park. (Daesung Industrial Co. Ltd. / Oikos Landscape)

The project includes a 1,400-seat  performance hall. (Hiroyuki Kawano)

The project includes a 1,400-seat
performance hall. (Hiroyuki Kawano)

The project site plan.

The project site plan.