Han River Pavilion

Created for Hangang Art Park, Seoul, the Han River Pavilion is due to open on 25th August 2018.

From its conception back in late 2017, the Han River Pavilion was designed to be both a location for contemplation and wonder, as well as a space for events. Accessed from a walkway connected to the riverbank, the public will be able to explore the structure both during the day and at night.

The River Pavilion will be…

  • A venue for concerts, film evenings, lectures and community led events.
  • A space for contemplation, participation and activation.
  • A destination where the community can connect, express themselves and grow together.

Development of the Han River Pavilion

From a set of drawings through to a complex CAD model, dozens of designs were created which gradually evolved into the final pavilion.

The pavilion was designed by taking the three dimensional shapes of diatoms (microorganisms) found in the Han River, and carving out enlarged versions of these forms from an oblong built on top of the barge. The overall shape of the oblong was simply made from a set of wooden vertical planes.

In his proposal Luke said, “Consisting of simple planes which are fabricated in the studio, the pavilion will be installed on site, plane at a time, from one end of the barge to the other.”

Fabrication in Seoul, will soon be underway!


Hangang Art Park Project

Hangang Art Park Project was planned to transform the Hangang (or Han) river,  which has undergone various changes through years of continuous development, into a place with full of experiences where people can take a qualified relaxation through more artistic and denser experiences in urban life.

With the theme of “HANGANG _ let ART take a pause. then FLOW into,”,

Hangang Art Park will be composed as a place for emotional communication and communion with the active relaxation concept of Hangang.

Like many of Luke’s installations the artwork will be ‘completed’ by the presence of the public. Space has been made for Han River Pavilion to be programmed and animated by the host organisation.

Possible Events on board…

  • Cinema – for Water/environmental themed films.
  • Lectures, choirs, traditional drumming, dance.
  • Bands performing.
  • Early Morning TaiChi or Yoga.
  • Poetry readings.
  • Educational activities; study of the Han River microscopic waterlife.
  • Night time astronomy on the upper deck.

Luke says ”It’s a great pleasure and privilege to design the River Pavilion for Hangang Park. It’s been wonderful to work with the team in Seoul and a great adventure for all of us. I can’t wait to see how the space gets animated by its visitors and all the events that take place on board.”


Scientific Research

Using Diatoms as Bioindicators of the Han River.  University of Texas, Austin 2015.

Health of the Han River.  Sangmyung University 2014.