Year of 2017

Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, South Korea

Opened in 2014, this space-age-looking plaza in Seoul has quickly become a major tourist attraction in the city’s fashion district. The design of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), by the influential late architect Zaha Hadid, is intentionally forward-looking, and many of the exhibits in the various halls and buildings highlight the growing cultural influence of South Korea. But the DDP acknowledges the past too: On site is a museum commemorating the sports arena that once stood here. A replacement stadium is under construction nearby.

The Dongdaemun Design Plaza, also called the DDP, is a major urban development landmark in Seoul, South Korea designed by Zaha Hadid and Samoo, with a distinctively neofuturistic design characterized by the “powerful, curving forms of elongated structures”. The landmark is the centerpiece of South Korea’s fashion hub and popular tourist destination, Dongdaemun, featuring a walkable park on its roofs, large global exhibition spaces, futuristic retail stores and restored parts of the Seoul fortress.
Opened: Mar 21, 2014