Unfortunately, they are butt ugly. We put up with them because they get us where we’re going.
But what about when they’ve outlived their purpose?
Then they’re just useless and ugly.
That’s just what architects in Seoul, Korea were tasked with solving. Built in 1970, the former inner-city highway was just sitting there being ugly.
The park is called “Skygarden” in English, and “Seoullo 7017” in Korean. The “7017” part represents both the year the highway was built (1970) and the opening of the park (2017)
Even though it’s linear, the park is designed as a series of smaller gardens, each with its own feel and look.
Beautifying the old highway was just one step in Seoul’s ongoing project to add far more greenery and nature into the city’s center.
There are already plans for the overpass to keep evolving, as stairs and bridges connect directly with hotels, shops, and other public spaces.
But it’s hiding one more surprise! At night, the entire park is illuminated in a lovely blue.
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