Modern architecture – Seoul City Hall

From the outside, the city hall of Seoul is a giant wave made of glass and steel. Or at least that is what it looks like, even if the official statement seems to be that the shape was inspired by the slanted roofs of traditional Korean houses. While the outside may already be impressive enough and was all the reason why we went there in the first place, what really got me excited was the interior.

It features a large hanging garden and an installation called the ‘Whirlwind of Life’ that is best described as a tornado made of white balloons. With the massive glass front illuminated by a late afternoon sun, we visited at a good time to take pictures.

Olympus OMD E-M10 with Panasonic Lumix G20/F1.7 II @ F2.8, 1/100, ISO 200

Olympus OMD E-M10 with Panasonic Lumix G20/F1.7 II @ F2.8, 1/100, ISO 200

When Mr. Colors discovered an elevator to take us up to one of the top floors, I was very happy to get the chance to photograph the balloon tornado from a different angle. While the picture below might not be as dramatic as the other one, it makes for a better documentation of the main features of the building: the curved outer walls, the balloons and the plants. This pair of pictures is my contribution to April’s ‘Tech of the month’, a collaboration between perelincolors and Lucile De Godoy’s Photo Rehab, which is all about the point of view.
Olympus OMD E-M10 with Panasonic Lumix G20/F1.7 II @ F2.8, 1/100, ISO 200

Olympus OMD E-M10 with Panasonic Lumix G20/F1.7 II @ F2.8, 1/100, ISO 200

At the top, we found a quiet, bright and very affordable café. Coffee is very popular in Korea but its price varies widely. While there is not much difference in taste, a regular-sized caffe latte or cappuccino may cost anything between three and five Euros. With prices in the lower part of the range, the city hall café offers a good deal that can be combined with a look at the building’s architecture. Make sure to visit on a sunny day! If you want a more in-depth experience, try one of the free English tours. We didn’t get to go but there was a sign saying that they were held every Tuesday at 10am.

If you are interested to see more modern architecture, please do check out our post about the even more impressive Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul.

This article was published on perelincolors.com.

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