The design principles at work within this proposal for the new Seoul International Train Station seem to be a compelling contemporary extension of the architecture of Le Corbusier. The notion of a mathematically gridded floor plan, as the starting point for encouraging organic circulation and sufficient structural support, has been given a new dimension with Glen J. Santayana's rectangular-based piers.
Measuring 50 centimeters by 200 centimeters, the columns have been arranged tightly and rationally across the urban site in configurations with deliberate rotations. The long sides of the 2,549 pillars then function as partitions that define different areas of the transport hub and create clear and closed views of other rooms. Also called Light Monumentality, the Seoul International Train Station features an open ceiling across much of its plan.
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