SEOUL, KOREA ,2012
Another monstrously out of scale high tech theme park extravaganza with some kind of demented flim-flam man for an author.
- Architect more interested in a personal agenda than in the needs of his clients
This doesn’t take more than a moment: just look at four photos and read a few lines of the gobble-de-gook archispeak offered by Yoo Kerl in explanation of his monstrous extension to the city hall in Seoul of 2012.
‘Major keywords for designing the new building’, Kerl is reported to have said, ‘are traditions, citizens, future. I analyzed low-rise horizontal elements, curvaceousness, and shades of leaves in our traditional architectural characteristics, and I applied these to the design so I can recall comfortable feelings of old things.’
Perhaps something was lost in translation?