10/27/08

Dalki Theme Park, Heyri South Korea


^Julie Facine
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Slade Architecture did more than design the wackiest kid's park they could. They integrated the marshy environment with a building that wants to be explored, but which also inspires to create. Children can run wild, with the slipping layers of floors and transparent facades, with synthetic patches of "strawberries" under hyper-realistic gardens, with statue cartoon characters standing alongside their guarding parents.

This isn't a mini-environment of oversaturated cuteness, but it rather emphasizes views of the wet green surroundings. It is a hovering spaceship of fantasy activities. But the planet earth that it has just discovered is the real destination. And parents can also take part in this "I Like Dalki" world.

But is this good for business? The architect got so caught up they missed the Disney money-making formula that demands products be bought in order for kids to achieve happiness.

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^Julie Facine
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