Designed by Rotterdam-based practice MVRDV, Seoullo 7017 is a 16-meter-tall steel-and-concrete former overpass that is now a plant village and public park. It is literally translated as “Towards Seoul,” and the park runs above Seoul Station, connecting Namdaemun Market with the neighborhoods of Malli-dong, Jungnim-dong, and Cheongpa-dong. Newly constructed bridges and stairs connect the highway with hotels, shops, and gardens.
Seoullo 7017 is part of the capital city’s initiative to make the urban center, and especially the central station district, greener and more pedestrian-friendly. Approximately 50 families and 228 species and sub-species of plants are displayed in 645 cylindrical planters of varying sizes, whose bases glow blue at night.