UNStudio's Korean National Football Centre

Our Partners designed a masterplan for the Korean National Football Association using SpaceForm

UNStudio’s competition-winning masterplan design for the Korean National Football Centre in Seoul celebrates the history and future of Korean football and the power of sport, focusing on health, wellness, science, technology and education and promotes a healthy lifestyle. 

The Dutch architecture studio has revealed their collaboration with SpaceForm, a revolutionary, data-driven virtual design tool, to virtually communicate the architects’ competition-winning designs for the Korean National Football Centre. SpaceForm, hosted in the cloud, is a more sustainable way to meet, collaborate and design remotely and UNStudio have been using the platform throughout the design phases of their major masterplan for the Korean Football Association (KFA). The KFA will now use SpaceForm to share the wider plans virtually to the public.

The masterplan designs from UNStudio include national and youth training facilities, over a dozen sports field typologies, running tracks and indoor gymnasiums, as well as a wellness centre and high-end hotel. The focal point of the masterplan will be the central public plaza, located at the heart of the complex. The museum, indoor stadium and outdoor stadium will frame a public pedestrian area that houses restaurants, shops and a variety of semi-public sports facilities. The Centre will take on two programmes, becoming home to the Korean national team and their trainers, as well as a laboratory for future generations helping to foster their careers.

For the development of the masterplan, an international team of leading football stadium managers were gathered, alongside specialists in sports science and digital data collection. This team of industry specialists has worked with world-renowned football leagues and stadiums throughout Europe and the Middle East. The essential elements for the masterplan are therefore based on lessons learned from other top international football clubs and training centres.

SpaceForm has allowed architects from UNStudio to collaborate with the KFA in real-time, across the world without the need to travel. The teams have been easily able to immerse themselves in their virtual 3D work environment, imagine a virtual workshop space where site images, maps, data and 3D models for the project have been uploaded, viewed and manipulated in collaboration.

SpaceForm provides a platform for story-telling and the ability for design teams to turn a project into an interactive narrative experience. Stakeholders can discover their own journey throughout a project while helping make key decisions.

SpaceForm is built on top of Unreal Engine, from Epic Games, which also powers the world’s leading games and is used across many industries due to its ability to handle large data sets at a high degree of fidelity – a key asset for SpaceForm. Epic Games supported SpaceForm with an Epic MegaGrant just over a year ago, which was used to help build the proof of the concept. The creator of Unreal Engine and Fortnite supported the project due to its collaborative focus, an aspect which Epic see as crucial, particularly during a time when meeting physically around the world is difficult. 

The KFA are now able to present their designs for the state-of-the-art training complex outside of Seoul, South Korea to its public. The project allows users to explore the masterplan, navigate to any location within the complex and even takes users on a tour inside the new directors’ suite, overlooking the main training stadium. The ‘open world environment’ has a base site layer with new buildings placed as interchangeable modules. Complete with animated cars, realistic people and even the national team practicing on the pitches, this project has been delivered in VR, desktop and streamed environments. The collaboration with UNStudio and the KFA on this masterplan is the first of its kind. 

Ben van Berkel, Founder of UNStudio, said:
“UNStudio has partnered with SpaceForm to co-develop this real time, virtual meeting and presentation platform. The data-driven design tool enabled seamless collaboration with the KFA team in real-time. The virtual 3D work environment proved to be a very efficient virtual workspace that not only saved us the burden of long distance travel, but also helped us to break down language barriers, because the platform is very intuitive and visually focused. In the work environment, we had everything at hand to view and discuss together, ranging from maps and project data, to 3D models. This platform enables an inclusive design process, where all stakeholders have a voice. SpaceForm helped us to enhance team communication and bridge client interaction from abroad. The interactive work sessions unlocked great opportunities in the design of the stadium.”

Jan Maarten Heuff, Director of SpaceForm said:

“SpaceForm creates an environment where the collaborating teams can feel and sense a spatial condition within a masterplan before it gets built. No other medium to date can do this and it will completely change the way we design, review and communicate projects in the built environment. Working with UNStudio on this incredible project has been a great way to show a close collaborator how effective and efficient this platform can be. We look forward to the KFA sharing these designs via the platform now with Seoul’s general public.”

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