LA-based firm Jerde is known for working with the best of the best in local and organic design to create public spaces that become popular destinations around the world. (We smell an Architecture+Collaboration A+ contender here.) Its latest project, Mecenatpolis, in Seoul, Korea, is no exception, with the enormous multi-use space sure to put the up-and-coming neighborhood of Hapjeong on the map.
The 300,000 square-meter mega-complex includes three high-rise luxury condo buildings and one enormous office skyscraper designed by local firm EAWES. The rest of the space is chock full of retailers, restaurants, gardens, and open-air public spaces. Best of all, it's located right next to the train station, so people near and far can enjoy its offerings.
Jerde was inspired by the neighborhood's bourgeoning position as a main transit hub, creating an overall aesthetic that reflects fluidity, ease, and efficiency. The firm also considered the locals' enjoyment of walking and being outdoors, creating curated gardens, green roofs, and scenic pedestrian walkways.