Green Developments of the Future

I am captivated by the  design of a dense city center for the municipality of Gwanggyo near Seoul, Korea.   The conceptual design was created by MVRDV.

Gwanggyo near Seoul, Korea, MVRDV

It is being called the The Gwanggyo Power Center and will consist of 200,000 m2 housing, 48,000 m2 offices, 200,000 m2 mix of culture, retail, leisure and education, 200,000 m2 parking and will house 77,000 people.

The Gwanggyo Power Centre

The planners say: “Every part of the program receives a terrace for outdoor life. Plants around the terraces are fed with a floor to floor circulation system to irrigate the plants. The roofs of the hills and the terraces are planted with box hedges creating a strong, recognizable, cohesive park. This vertical park will aim to improve the climate and ventilation, reduce energy and water usage.”

Hmmm…I love boxwood, but think that maybe this is going a bit too far (think of the smell! and what if box blight strikes!?!)….and I am not sure the actual quality of outdoor living is really as interesting as the pictures of the whole thing.   Current time frames for construction are aiming for 2011, could be an interesting future destination.

What do you think?

images via inhabitat

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Jim/ArtofGardening on January 6, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I’ve always found yew or boxwoods to smell like cat pee. The whole complex would smell like my grandma’s carpet!

  2. Michelle Derviss on January 7, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Looks like the architect visited Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
    What’s old is new again.

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