Zooraji Rooftop

Zooraji Rooftop

Architect
Olson Kundig

SAMWON Space & Design
Location
Daegu, South Korea | View Map
Project Year
2016
Category
Parks
Austin Wilson

Zooraji Rooftop

Olson Kundig as Architects

The Zooraji Rooftop in Daegu, South Korea, is the third in a series of roofscapes that Design Principal Alan Maskin has created in the country. Zooraji explores aspects of scale and storytelling through an interactive set of outdoor experiences. Located on the 9th floor of a shopping and transit center, the rooftop park is an urban oasis with unusual and engaging spaces for visitors to explore.


Inspired by the Aesop fable “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” Maskin designed the park to be an immersive fantasy world that blurs the boundaries demarcating architecture, exhibits, landscape and narrative. Throughout, a skewed sense of scale makes young visitors feel like the mice in the Aesop tale as they play in and among oversized animal sculptures, towering treehouses, interactive water features and live baobab trees. Many of the animals are handcrafted from re-purposed and found objects such as wine casks and car parts. Reality and fantasy become blurred in the active outdoor play space, with live shrubs, bushes and climbing plants interspersed with artificial climbing boulders, fiber-reinforced plastic fungi and steel-and-bamboo treehouses, transforming the rooftop into an allegorical playland.


Material Used :

1.   Custom treehouses – Steel, rebar, bamboo siding, rope

2.   Custom animal sculptures

a.   Elephant: Japanese red cedar, steel

b.   Giraffe: Steel, metal plate, found objects

c.   Spider: Fiber reinforced plastic (FRP)

d.   Rhinoceros: Japanese red cedar, found objects

e.   Snail: Found objects

f.    Alligator: Japanese red cedar

g.   Chameleon: Stainless steel

h.   Penguin: Canoe, rope, found objects

i.     Ostrich: Wicker, found objects

j.     Ants: Stainless steel, bolts

k.   Snake: Found objects

l.     Butterflies: Stainless steel, acrylic

m.  Insect train: Metal cars, found objects

3.   Animal Totem Statues– Goheung Stone

4.   Totem Columns – Rough Carved Wood

5.   Hardscape – Granite Stone

6.   Softscape – Recycled Rubber with Soft Mat and Geofoam

7.   Boulders – Wire metal mesh, shotcrete concrete

8.   Plants – Fiber reinforced plastic (FRP)

9.   Elevated Boardwalk – Steel frame and Wood Decking

10. Tunnel – Bamboo

Project Credits
Architects
Landscape Design
Plantsman
Associate Architect
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrand
Japanese red cedarALLIGATOR
Stainless steelChameleon
Granite StoneHardscape
Product Spec Sheet
Japanese red cedar
Stainless steel
Granite Stone
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