Nok Sambong / Mount Synthetica
Competition entry for the Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal in Seoul, South Korea. Mount Synthetica provides a prototype for a hybrid landscape in which the logistical and transport requirements of a ferry terminal have been fused with a synthetic, digitally augmented form of wilderness.
: Landscape as a concept and a practice has changed in recent times. No longer is it founded in the historical ideals of conservation and preservation, or the provision of a picturesque imitation of nature. Now, the technological performance of landscape can be considered alongside its biological and botanical qualities, in a bio-synthetic post-natural experience. Mount Synthetica provides a prototype for this hybrid landscape in which the logistical and transport requirements of a ferry terminal have been fused with a synthetic, digitally augmented form of wilderness. The design for the ferry terminal takes cues from the classic Korean mountain landscapes as represented in paintings. Similarly, Mount Synthetica provides an iconic visual feature through a vertically exagerated topography elevated above the flat Han River landscape. Expanding on this cultural mountain-landscape reference, the building volume is distributed in four identifiable mounts that correspond to ferry berthing wharfs. Wayfinding is integrated as a recognisable feature in the pavements. The volume fragmentation and openness was developed through a series of environmental simulations aiming to provide microclimatic ventilation and shading during the warmer summer months. These microclimates, enclosed by the biodigital skin provide an ideal environment to enjoy the terraces and interior courtyard spaces. At Mount Synthetica, horticultural and ecological qualities are integrated with a smart and iconic lighting system. Taking advantage of a variety of renewable energy sources, including wind, solar and hydro power, a vivid lighting display indicates current climate and pollution data for the surrounding area. This lighting will provide a register of environmental performance within the public imagination.
Seoul, South Korea
International Competition. Submitted.
Concept Design, Schematic Design
Seoul Metropolitan Government