This project is to renovate a existing arena. The renovation establishes a new programmatic identity while preserving the historical and symbolic significance of the existing structure and façade.
The Olympic Gymnastics Arena is a milestone that marks the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, which was a significant event that transformed modern Korea. Since then the arena has been one of the most prominent performance venues in Korea. Furthermore, its location in the Olympic Park, one of the largest public parks in Seoul, allows it to be easily accessible to the public. A perfect site to leave memorable experience to a large number of visitors.
Majority of the renovation focuses on the roof structure. The existing roof was replaced with a tornado inspired dynamic 3D truss system to symbolize the venue’s central role in the recent surge of the global popularity of Korean Pop culture. The renovation includes an expansion of a circular gallery around the outer perimeters of the existing building to accommodate a wider range of retail and event related programs, but more importantly to prepare the facility for possible future expansions. A majority of the existing structure was used to minimize the scope of construction.
The newly completed arena is an intersection between a historic legacy and a premiere performance venue that showcases the ever-evolving popularity of the Korean culture around the world. The renovation preserves a cultural landmark and also establishes a new typology of hyper-public cultural performance facility which fulfills the needs of its various users and accommodates a vast range of concerts and other cultural events.