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Dancing Water

Floating Architecture

Water as Life


"We made from water every living thing".


In old Greek philosophy water is one of the four classical elements along with fire, earth and air, and was regarded as the ylem, or basic substance of the universe.Water was considered cold and moist. Water was also one of the five elements in traditional Chinese philosophy, along with earth, fire, wood, and metal.People must obtain nature to survive, and we do so in various ways. Water is filled with life, not only in the past but also in present and future.



Han-river in Seoul

The cityscape of Seoul is mainly made of nature: mountains and waterway. Especially Han-river is one of main nature elements that consist in contemporary Seoul.In the past Han-river gave the life to Seoul, nowadays many cultures of city are together with Han-river. Routine urban life is refreshed by Han-river’s energy.Han-river is the cradle of Seoul.


Water Dance

Water contains unlimited energy. The energy can transform in many different ways. Rippling of water tells it to us. It is continuously rippling by wind or kind of vibrations, It is showing the energy flowing that is not visible. They are interacting between each other and make irregular forms.The form of the proposal is created by the transformation of water dynamic energy. The rippling of water is a dance with wind and generates forms. Hence, the form is generated by the flow of energy. It is ready to be transformed into others interacting with people.



The geometry is composed with organic forms. The concept is ‘fossilization of nature’. The geometry fossilizes the form that water ripple makes. It is makes natural textures one the form and becomes the structure at the same time.



It is open structure floated on the water. It is designated for public open space. The space is flexible for various functions and programs for culture: concert, exhibition etc. There are minimum services such as garden, trees, benches, bar, and open deck for panorama view.The open structure space created dynamic atmosphere that light and shadow make. People can be relax with nature and can refresh themselves from nature. In terms of accessibility it is possible to reach from riverside. At night it becomes an icon of the city of Seoul through the illumination.



Dancing Water






Seoul Metropolitan Office



Seoul, South Korea


Program: Culture 







Yeol Park, Angelo Tomaiuolo, Gianluca Littardi



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