Olson Kundig Architects worked closely with their client, Shinsegae, to create Secret Garden, a rooftop playground and cultural center for families. Situated on the ninth floor terrace of a twelve-story department store in Uijeongbu, South Korea, this 20,000 square foot active play area and lush garden is an oasis of trees, plants and flowers composed exclusively of native species and includes a sculptural installation by artist Do-Ho Suh.
Designed as a series of outdoor rooms, visitors are immersed in dreamlike natural environments ranging from a mist garden, a maze garden and a wading pool to a cluster of tree houses shaped like birds’ nests. The garden offers both contemplative and active spaces in which children and families can explore, climb, splash and play. Fanciful bird and animal sculptures, inspired by traditional Korean art and culture, are handcrafted and made from reclaimed lumber and found materials.
“We were determined to make an engaging and unusual place for families that would be unlike any other“, said Alan Maskin, Project Designer, Principal at Olson Kundig Architects.Location: Uijeongbu, South Korea
Architect: Olson Kundig Architects
Size: 1858 sqm (20000 sqft)