POSTED: April 15th 2015

Stunning figure 8 resort hotel designed by Planning Korea for PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

Resort design depicting a figure 8 © Planning Korea
Resort design depicting a figure 8 © Planning Korea

Resort swimming pool © Planning Korea
Resort swimming pool © Planning Korea

Overhead view of the futuristic design © Planning Korea
Overhead view of the futuristic design © Planning Korea

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A seaside resort hotel design has been unveiled by Planning Korea, a Seoul-based architecture and art practice. The resort will host visitors to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The hotel will offer a combination of mountain and marine leisure activities. It will span across a 29,493-square-meter site and offer 946 rooms.

The resort will be located in Eastern Korea in Gangneung and will be situated in a prime tourism location. The site of the UNESCO "Intangible Heritage of Humanity" listed Gangneung Danoje festival and the Gyeong Po Dae pavilion will be neighbors to the hotel. The Olympic facilities and stadiums that are due to be finished in 2016, sit within about three miles (five kilometers) of the resort.

The beautiful resort will have a sweeping figure-eight form that draws inspiration from the plankton's ecological structure, along with referencing "a strip of healing or recreation," which is the project's conceptual basis. The predominant circulation space of the structure that is formed by a twisted loop, while providing a large space frame that will mount a glass facade.  

A combination of hotel rooms and private condominiums will make up the resort. In addition, the hotel will feature a wonderful swimming pool that will be suspended in a "belt" to link the dual cores of the buildings. The hotel's top level will have rooftop sky facilities and at the lower levers, LED lights will create a media facade.

The structure assumes a Hanok style, a form evocative of Korean traditional housing. Planning Korea has hopes of using these modernized versions of traditional typology to "form a village" with restaurants and retail outlets all around.

During the 2018 Winter Games, the resort is envisioned to allow "activities, recreation and healing within the nature." Once the Games come to an end, it will then be used for conventions and other events. It's set to be completed by 2018 before the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

Keywords · Planning Korea · PyeongChang 2018 · Seoul · South Korea · Olympics · Paralympics

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