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Daegu Wolbae IPARK

People First

When the Hyundai Development Company asked UNStudio to assist in creating the IPark apartment developments, we opted for a ‘people first’ approach. The residents of this new development now enjoy shared amenities that encourage a sense of community and promote physical and psychological wellbeing. While other buildings leave no option but to return home, residents of the IPark have healthy options: to use the fitness spaces, enjoy the playgrounds with their children, or engage with nature by strolling through the landscaped courtyards and meeting with neighbours.

Apartment Living

As a result of the rapid urbanisation of the booming middle class in South Korea, standardised apartment living continues to be the most popular type of housing in the country. In cities across South Korea, nondescript housing can be found stacked in identical, densely packed blocks. These homogenous residences offer little more than spaces to live, and do not encourage community interaction or recreation.

Textile City

Daegu is the fourth largest city in South Korea and is often referred to as ‘Textile City’ - due to its rich history of manufacturing textiles and its annual fashion and textile fairs. By contrast, the repetitive colour and silhouettes of the city’s dominating mega-blocks do not reflect the Daegu identity. In order to capture the essence of this city's vibrant character, two multi-coloured, pixelated motifs - similar in part to the texture of fabric, or a media screen - are used to weave the apartment towers together, whilst creating distinct identities for each development. This use of colour zoning not only reinforces identity, it also establishes community and communicates the relationship between the inside and outside of the two mega-blocks.


Read about our ongoing explorations of this theme in the Superliving workfield.

Concept and Design

  • Facade
  • Colour
  • Landscape