The Dutch Embassy in Seoul has been working for a long time to draw attention to Dutch architecture and urban planning, with a special focus on sustainable solutions in the run-up to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games (PyeongChang, South Korea).
Seoul and other South Korean metropolises are becoming very liveable and sustainable urban environments with plenty of greenery and space for leisure and cultural activities. South Korea is actively seeking international partners, and a number of Dutch architects are already attracting a lot of attention there. Several South Korean journalists were invited to the Netherlands so that they could write more knowledgeably about the vision, ambitions and projects of both well-known and lesser-known Dutch architects.
Themes addressed during the visit’s three days were:
• Iconic Dutch architects and buildings
• Sustainability / circular architecture
• Adaptive reuse / transformation.
After words of welcome by the director of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects, the delegation began their tour, which included MVRDV’s Market Hall, OMA, Studio Roosegaarde, Paul de Ruiter Architects, Concept House Village, NDSM Wharf, Buiksloterham brownfield site, and DeFlat Kleiburg (winner of the Dutch Design Award 2017). On the first evening, participants enjoyed a dinner served by the Dutch Cuisine team.
Embassy representatives: Sophie Park, Lauren Park
RVO.nl representatives: Marianne van Male, Hanneke Bogaerts