South Korea: Curvy edifice in Seoul begs $450 million question

 
Ahn Young-joon / AP

A curvy futuristic $450 million building meant to remake Seoul into a global design capital finally opened this month after years of debate about its impact on a historic city precinct. Not everyone is happy with the outcome. Designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza is a stark contrast to its neighborhood, which is known for its links to a royal dynasty that ruled for half a millennium and as home to one of Seoul’s oldest markets. While some find the flowing curves impart a sense of calm, others call it an ugly spaceship that made an emergency landing.

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