“Oh won’t you please take me home.”
This is what returning Seoulites will think as they begin their descents into Incheon Airport. From the sky, MVRDV’s striking new urban redevelopment project, “Paradise City,” will not just be visible, it will be virtually impossible to miss. The 9,800-square-meter (105,486-square-foot) entertainment plaza features a “giant golden spot” that spills over one of the buildings, pooling on the ground like drapery.
The golden spot isn’t the only interesting feature of “Paradise City.” The complex consists of two adjacent buildings, nicknamed the “Sandbox” and the “Nightclub.” The Sandbox will feature retail space, while the Nightclub will mostly include entertainment amenities. It is the Nightclub that MVRDV have outfitted with the golden spot, which the firm describes as a “beacon to those flying into the city.” The spot spills over into the adjacent public square, connecting “Paradise City” to the surrounding downtown area.
The site is located on a raised platform above an underground carpark. The two structures frame a new city plaza.
Unusually, the two buildings that comprise this “dual structure entertainment complex” have no windows. In order to prevent these monoliths from feeling too sealed off from the life of the city, MVRDV designed the façades to echo the surrounding buildings.
“The project takes two simple volumes, which create a new urban space,” explained MVRDV cofounder Winy Maas. “These masses then take an imprint of the façades around the site, stretching over the two buildings, thus adapting themselves to the given environment, accepting these conditions as a sine qua non. The buildings are opened by lifting them like a curtain, unraveling their interior.”
All images courtesy of MVRDV