Casanova+Hernandez architects | U012_Public Administration Town (PAT)


U012_Public Administration Town (PAT)

South Korea

The proposal is based on a green network of ‘eco-boulevards’ that divides the site into seven areas or hybrid clusters.

Each Hybrid Cluster works as an autonomous island surrounded by nature.
Each hybrid cluster is subdivided into six blocks separated by a homogeneous net of secondary streets. The blocks are divided into several lots of different widths.

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In each cluster there will be a mix of uses that will combine the public administration uses with residential, commercial and businesses ones. By following this strategy, all the areas will be characterized by an equilibrated city where living, working and shopping can be easily reached everywhere. This mix of uses will avoid empty streets after working hours or the ‘donut effect’ in the centre of the cities.

The public facilities are dispersed as much as possible over the whole city in order to be close to every citizen. Cultural amenities and major education facilities have been located in thematic strips that give a specific character to certain areas of the city.

Green city:

The low hills located on the west, the existing pine trees on the south and the waterfront where the Je creek and the Bangjuk creek meet are protected and connected by a green area around the site.

The eco-boulevards are green corridors that facilitate the pedestrian connections between different parts of the city and the natural areas surrounding them. Due to the variable width of their profiles and the possibility of creating semi-lowered zones, these boulevards become special places in the city where pedestrian and bicycle circulations are combined with protected children playgrounds and outdoor sport facilities.

The adequate combination of natural climate regulators such as selected vegetation and water zones in combination with technological devices such as solar panels or electrical adjustable sunscreens can create an ecological public space that will become a symbol of the city of the XXI century. The area that can be build has been reduced to the minimum in order to liberate the maximum space for the natural green areas.

The verticality of the green towers of the public administration buildings contrast strongly with the undulating horizontality of the natural landscape, thus becoming landmarks of the administrative city in the MAC and a symbol of a future-oriented administration.


A primary street network is connected with six link- points that provide direct access to major facilities and administrative buildings.

A secondary street network provides a homogeneous access to every place of the city.

The main bicycle routes create an efficient communication net and run along the eco-boulevards in a protected area separated of the cars and complemented with a perimetral bicycle path around the city.

The main public facilities are linked to a pedestrian net of boulevards, in which all the facilities can be reached with a pleasant walk of 15 minutes.

The major green axis of the site formed by the eco-boulevards are connected with the creeks and the artificial lake in order to achieve a sustainable urban development.

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The Multi-functional Administrative City Construction Agency
Korean government’s central administration offices, residential, commercial, cultural buildings
276 Ha
2.720.000 m²