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UNStudio Designs New Tech-Assisted Masterplan For A 10-Minute City In Seoul

UNStudio Designs New Tech-Assisted Masterplan For A 10-Minute City In Seoul

UNStudio has designed a new masterplan creating a superior, green, mixed-use neighbourhood in Seoul, South Korea.

The new masterplan, called Project H1, is designed to be a smart 10-minute city where it can contribute to the new digital economy. The project will foster open innovation, green energy and diversity that create an attractive and productive area to live, work and play.

Commissioned by the Hyundai Development Company in 2019, the new 504,000-square-metre complex will transform an existing industrial site and railway area into a new neighbourhood for the new digital economy.

The program of the masterplan includes 8 radial-shaped residential towers with a wide variety of layered private, semi-public and public spaces. Project H1 will be a pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood with spacious streets and nature that will allow citizens to access their daily needs within 10 minutes by foot.

UNStudio collaborated with the consultancy arm of UNSense to propose a plan for the integration of tailored, on-demand digital packages for the future residents.

“This added tech layer is designed to complement the physical urban plan and create a fully digitally serviced neighbourhood – thus going beyond the usual efficiency focus of Smart City models to enhance the daily lives of the residents and free up time for leisure activities,” said UNStudio.

“This digital infrastructure can also be used for the management of energy production and consumption and of communal spaces, such as those cultivated for local food production schemes.”

In the design, the different layers of the physical masterplan and the digital interface will work together to provide residents of all ages and family configurations with a smart, healthy, green environment where contemporary working, living and entertainment are all combined in one neighbourhood; a productive neighbourhood of convenience, comfort and community.

According to the studio, Project H1 can serve as a pilot for an adaptable strategy for mixed-use urban developments of the future.

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Project H1 will be a place where residents have all the conveniences of the city within a 10-minute walk from their homes.

“For the H1 masterplan we have aimed to create the ultimate contemporary 10-minute city, where the daily life experience of the residents is the top priority,” said Ben van Berkel, founder and principal of UNStudio.

“We do this through the inclusion of a rich density of uplifting, curated on-site experiences that provide an extensive range of options for how they can spend their living, working and leisure time, thereby also saving them the time needed to travel elsewhere in the city – because with time that is saved, more time is created.”


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