3rd Prize, International Competition
Client: Samchuck City Government & DACC
Program: Memorial Park
Location: Samchuck City, Gangwon-do, Korea
Team: MMK+ (Jihoon Kim, Pilsoo Maing, Donghwan Moon, Songe Han, Harin Lim)
The project site (Mt. Yukhyang and the surrounding land) is an important place where one can find a series of traces of historical events related to Dokdo Island and the General Yisabu who first conquered Usanguk in Silla Dynasty. The existing relics from different periods (Silla and Chosun Dynasty, Colonial period and modern era) and the unique value of the site provides an opportunity for generating a place that represents the true story of Dokdo and the General’s achievement.
“Pilgrimage Walk” aims to create this special district into an integrated public park to commemorate the history of Dokdo and the General Yisabu’s triumph, while appreciating the various other historic layers of the region. By providing a continuous trail along the symbolically (and physically) crafted layers of space, visitors may explore and learn the significant value of historical events. As part of the larger loop, the Yisabu Dokdo Memorial Park (located on the east side of the Mt. Yukhyang) continuously provides and enhances its unique experience inside and outside, where the spaces are carefully shaped with water, light and landscape.
TRACING RELIC OF THE SITE
1. STREAM: Meandering Ohsip Stream flows from Mt. Baekbyung to East sea. A part of the stream had gradually reclaimed since 1960s and the stream changed its way to East Sea. The project site is located where Ohsip downstream used to meet the East Sea. It is where Voyage of Yisabu begins.
2. OLD FORTRESS: Samcheokpojin was a fortress built in the Chosun Dynasty period, constructed for defend the area from foreign invasion. The boundary of fortress is overlapped with the project site. Considering existence of the fortress remnant underground based on the survey*, the relics will be excavated -1m, protected and exposed for outdoor exhibition.
3. CULTURE & ART VILLAGE: The village had been created in the Japanese colonial period by shipbuilders who worked nearby. Through examination on current state of existing buildings, conservation strategy is carefully chosen among three methods; preservation renovation and demolition. The slate roof buildings will be firstly removed and replaced. As a result, the existing residents and young artist will live & work as one community.
4. PILGRIMATE TRAILS: The Pilgrimage Trail develops throughout the site in order for the visitors to experience different periods of history. Considering the entire site as a historical park, The trail functions as a wayfinding device for visitors to walk around freely and helps people to orient themselves. The Trail integrates major areas of the park - Culture & Art Village, Mt. Yukhyang, In-fortress area and Yisabu Dokdo Memorial Park. Also, this will work as a spine for link to future transformation of surrounding industiral facilities to the cultural facilities