Jerde-Designed D-Cube City in Seoul One of 12 Winners of the 2013 Urban Land Institute Global Awards for Excellence

Nov 08, 2013

CHICAGO, IL (November 8, 2013) – D-Cube City, designed by the Jerde Partnership, an international architecture and urban design firm, has won a 2013 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Award for Excellence.  Winners were announced at a ceremony at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago today and the award for D-Cube City was accepted by representatives from owner/developer Daesung Industrial, Co. Ltd. and Jerde.  Considered the most prestigious real estate development recognition program, the annual global awards are based on the highest standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning and management.

D-Cube City, which opened in September 2011, is the first integrated transit-oriented, mixed-use development to open in Seoul in nearly a decade.   It was designed by Jerde, who is credited with pioneering the creation of memorable places where people can gather and experience a sense of community.  Located along Seoul’s busiest metro line in a former industrial zone, D-Cube City embodies the firm’s philosophy by artfully integrating retail, entertainment and cultural districts with office, hotel, residential and over 24,000 sqm of landscaped gardens, parks and plazas to create a major new public space in the highly dense city of over 10 million people.

 “The design and development of the project is an innovative transformation of the site into a mixed-use catalyst that establishes a place where Seoul’s public culture is deeply rooted, and generates a vibrant new identity for the surrounding community,” says Eun Jeong, Jerde senior project designer.

Among its design highlights are buildings shaped like Asian lanterns which create a warm, glowing light at night.  An outdoor pathway climbing six levels through the lantern buildings to the top of the retail complex has the character of an Italian hill town executed in modern contemporary architecture. The approximate 80,000 sqm retail area is crowned by a cultural venue made up of a1,277-seat performance hall and 420-seat event space with a shared lobby and outdoor garden plaza overlooking the city to the north.  A 42-story landmark office and hotel tower designed by Jerde symbolizes energy growing toward the sky, referencing the former coal processing plant on the property owned by Daesung, the project’s developer.  As a significant collaboration with local South Korea companies, Samoo Architects & Engineers served as the residential towers designer and as Architect of Record for the project.