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Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal and Masterplan, Yeoui-Naru, Seoul, South Korea (2017)

Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal and Masterplan, Yeoui-Naru, Seoul, South Korea (2017)

International Competition, 1st prize



Ryue Nishizawa, Office of Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates)

Alejandro Zaera Polo, AZPML

Professor Choi Moongyu, Yonsei University

Professor Choi JeongKwon, Gachon University

Professor Park SunWoo, Korea National University of Arts

Professor Shim Jaehyeon, Sejong University


Client: Seoul Metropolitan Government








Poetic Pragmatism



Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal


The vast beauty with an emphasis on monochrome and flatness is distinctively characteristic to the Han River embankment, which we aim to preserve. The one storey, 5 meter high, terminal building forms a thin line, following the river flow. The slender ratio of facility length to width is the conclusion from maximizing efficiency, providing spaces for up to seven vessels to berth, 20 private boats and other tourism and transport vessels. The slight bends of the terminal and the marina facilities are the result of optimization for vessel manoeuvring, while creating a defined 450-meter-long path on the otherwise undefined water surface. The terminal is located furthest possible from the shoreline within the planning zone to emphasize the experience of “walking on Han River” and to distinct between land and water side.

The entire Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal and marina facility is sheltered by a continuous roof. The subtly bent and gently waving roof structures create shelter as they frame the views of the river and the city in alternating opening and closing gestures. The undulating roof surface creates varying light qualities. The lightness of the structure harmoniously corresponds with the flow of river.

Respecting the notion of building on water, the Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal is conceived as a lightweight steel-frame structure, creating a light appearance with reduced weight to minimize the pontoon size. A metal mesh encloses the periphery of the marina, creating an almost invisible curtain, in lieu of typical balustrades, eliminating the barrier between the pier and the river. The slender pier structure is wide enough to provide visitors with a feeling of comfort and security on the floating platform. At the same time it is narrow enough to create the unique experience of “walking on the Han River”.




Concept and Masterplan


The masterplan relates the development to the existing infrastructure and public transportation network. The terminal and marina facilities are directly connected to the Yeoui-Naru Station via the proposed link bridge.


The Yeouijeong (Pier Deck) is proposed as a one storey open timber structure, located by the water on the designated concrete paved area opposite to the terminal and marina facilities. It is conceptualized as a market hall typology with cafes and restaurants, offering typical local culinary experiences, such as Korean Barbeque and Chimaek in flexible enclosed, open and semi-open spaces. The enclosures are proposed as temporary flexible structures, which can adequately respond to future expansions and changes as they are easy and cost-effective to secure, maintain and replace due to flooding. The 8,500 sqm rooftop of the Yeouijeong serves as a vast observation platform, overseeing the Han River and the marina facilities.


The Ari Cultural Center will be located on top of the open parking space situated at the south-east corner of Mapo Bridge. This location is identified as a strong anchor point to connect the entire cultural development with the urban grain, by placing a four storey landmark structure at the entry point to Yeouido, while creating a recognizable visual connection to the Yeouido Park and the financial and government district.


The 4 Core Projects of the Han-gang Collaboration Plan encompasses pedestrian and bicycle paths within green open spaces and direct connection to the public transportation network.

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