Current globalization trends in which our countries are immersed have come to nurture and enrich our cities and architecture. This fascinating fact, poses new cultural challenges. The tension between tradition and modernity, local and global, constitute fundamental aspects of our cities. Contemporary architecture has turned into a trans-national language that synthesizes and gives tangible form to free trade and global communications. This process, has lead to the appearance of buildings all over the world that look very much alike each other, minimizing cultural and geographic singularities.
The most radical feature of the New Multi-Functional Administrative City of Korea is the natural and urban landscape management proposal. The project recognizes the respect and veneration that Korean settlements have offered to the water and mountains. In this spirit, the New Multi-Functional Administrative City of Korea is constructed like a bond between mountains and water.
For this goal, the project proposes to reconfigure the Geum river basin, extending the riverbed into the rice fields, creating two dams and building flood barriers, generating a great Lake that is the heart of the city and its main public space.
As a tribute to the rice fields the city will replace, all buildings will celebrate this agricultural legacy by incorporating roof gardens and public terraces that will become an important part of community life. These spaces also provide an opportunity to relate back to nature with astonishing views of the lake, the mountains and the agricultural land preserved in the background.
The city is penetrated by four cross-sectional parks that integrate the lake with the mountains and the four main valleys that surround the city, celebrating the four elements: water, fire, earth and air, establishing a link between the natural and built environment.
The urban area of the New City is proposed as a compact compound with higher densities towards the lakefront, and lower densities to the outskirts.