Taekwondo Park Master Plan: Ascending PassagesEdit profile
Taekwondo Park Master Plan: Ascending Passages Muju, Korea Taekwondo Park will establish a dynamic gateway to the world of Taekwondo and become an athletic and cultural destination for 70 million practitioners from around the world. The design for Taekwondo Park celebrates the principles of Taekwondo and the site’s dramatic topography. Nestled within a mountainous landscape, an arena, training center, and healing center anchor three distinct precincts that reflect the cultivation of body, mind, and spirit through Taekwondo. An ascending pathway links the three precincts with a sequence of bridges that evokes the passage from novice to Grand Master and from physical strength to spiritual ascendance. The first precinct, the Body, resides at the lowest elevation of the site and includes the arrival plaza and arena. The second precinct, the Mind, includes research and training centers that form an amphitheater of terraced buildings overlooking training and parade grounds. The third precinct, the Spirit, at the uppermost site elevation, includes a healing center, memorial park, water terraces, traditional temple, and an observation tower. Throughout the park, the distinction between building and site is blurred. Architecture, landscape, and water collaborate in a series of ascending terraces and bridges and descending water gardens that reinforce the topography of the site and establish a new vital sustainable setting. Architecture, infrastructure, and landscape combine to create distinct ascending environments that highlight both program and site. Framing places for events, art, recreation, and renewal, Taekwondo Park will become a new typology that celebrates the history and culture of Korea and the art of Taekwondo.