Dream Design Play – Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Right on our first evening in Seoul, we discovered one of my favourite sites in the city. The Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is a magnificent piece of modern architecture by Zaha Hadid. Its aerial, amorphous design without straight walls and right angles makes the building complex almost seem to be afloat.

Olympus OMD E-M10 with Panasonic Lumix G20/F1.7 II, @ F5, 1

Olympus OMD E-M10 with Panasonic Lumix G20/F1.7 II, @ F5, 1″

Olympus OMD E-M10 with Panasonic Lumix G20/F1.7 II @ F4, 1/5 and a lot of cropping

Olympus OMD E-M10 with Panasonic Lumix G20/F1.7 II @ F4, 1/5 and a lot of cropping

Opened in spring 2014, the plaza is right in a busy shopping district full of fashion stores, malls and street food stalls. With its shiny aluminium facade and illuminations at night, it invites to a leisurely walk through the complex and is always busy with people taking selfies or marvelling at the architecture.

The complex itself hosts design stores, meeting halls and exhibitions. Since the interior has the same gently curved walls as the outside, you should not miss entering the buildings. I would recommend a visit to the design stores (where we bought beautiful spoons and chopsticks) rather than the exhibition hall. The hall was inspiring (I wanted to build all kinds of stuff after our visit) but not at the same level as the rest of the plaza. The most impressive however is a visit in the evening and at night to see the illumination and the reflection of the light cast by the shops on the other side of the road. I hope that the following pictures will convince you that it really is a must-see!

Olympus OMD E-M10 with Panasonic Lumix G20/F1.7 II @ F4, 1/3, ISO200

Olympus OMD E-M10 with Panasonic Lumix G20/F1.7 II @ F4, 1/3, ISO200

Olympus OMD E-M10 with Panasonic Lumix G20/F1.7 II @ F8, 0.8

Olympus OMD E-M10 with Panasonic Lumix G20/F1.7 II @ F8, 0.8″, ISO200

Olympus OMD E-M10 with Panasonic Lumix G20/F1.7 II @ F6.3, 1/2, ISO800

Olympus OMD E-M10 with Panasonic Lumix G20/F1.7 II @ F6.3, 1/2, ISO800

I submit the picture on the left to the ‘Tech of the Month: Let it sparkle’ challenge that I put out last month. To get the star effect, I had to use a small aperture. As it was quite dark on this side of the building and I didn’t carry a tripod, I couldn’t go to very small apertures however and I had to increase the ISO value for this image. This is the image where the settings worked out best, and I applied only minimal editing to the picture.

Since I am very fond of all of these images, I also submit them to Lucile’s Photo Rehab.

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10 thoughts on “Dream Design Play – Dongdaemun Design Plaza

      1. Japan Can(ada) Mix

        It hasn’t been built yet. It’s for the 2020 Olympics. I’ve seen the design and frankly, I don’t like it. It doesn’t fit the area and the area is too cramped to begin with. I feel like gagging with all the legacy crap that’s involved with the Olympics. It’s frustrating to hear that people are being forced out of the homes, and some for the second time, to make room for something that I feel is completely unncessary. Facilites already exist – why not renovate those? And I could go on and on but this is not the place for my soapbox. 😀

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