Sometimes you come back to a place to realize a huge - yet somewhat sudden - change. This was more or less my feeling the day I jumped off the train on a shopping spree mission. At the exit of the train station there is this map of buildings, featuring Doota, Migliore and other malls I've heard of. But then, what is that humongous blob that is taking over an entire block? Dongdaemun Design Plaza?
DDP is the result of 5 years of work between Zaha Hadid and Samoo, a Korean Architecture firm behind Incheon airport, among others. The complex is quite cool, with organic shapes and a multitude of corridors that host a park, stores and exhibitions. It replaces the old Dongdaemun Stadium with something more "design oriented" and was completed in March 2014 - hence my surprise.
There were Dior posters all over the place, so I went around to come in and see the exhibition - what an awesome opportunity...
However, I didn't get lucky. There were too many limos, too many chicks covered in Dior, too many men in black. Still, I thought it could be another event in the same building so I made it to the door... To realize that it was the OPENING!!! Many celebrities were arriving at the moment for the Dior exhibition.
As you can see at the bottom of the image, fans were gathering to cheer their idols.
Fancy cars, fancy guys and a huge crew dressed in black.
I kept the postcard... And continued my way. Maybe next time, maybe next city.
Zaha Hadid also designed a bridge in my hometown, I really like the shapes she creates. The balance between very industrial materials and soft shapes, the minimal grandeur on the twisting concrete corridors that lead to an open park, all covered on rose-shaped lamps.