Open call: International Competition of City Main Library Gwangju, S. Korea

Open call: International Competition of City Main Library Gwangju, S. Korea

City Main Library Gwangju: This competition is aimed to search for designs of a public library, which will serve as a main Library in Gwangju, Republic of Korea.

Schedule and Eligibility: The competition will be conducted for 74 working days from November 25, 2019 to February 5, 2020, and Korean and international architects can participate in it.
1)Preliminary Announcement: November 14, 2019
2)Announcement :November 25, 2019
3)Registration: November 25, 2019 to December 11, 2019
4)Entry Submission:February 7, 2020
5)Main Jury: February 12, 2020

Winners: 4 winning proposals will be selected. Competition winners will be a
warded as follows:
1)1st Prize- Design Development and Construction Document priority rights (Design fee will be posted on November 25, 2019)
2)2nd Prize- KRW 50 million
3)3rd Prize- KRW 2.5 million (each for 2 winners)

1) Thomas Vonier (UIA, President)
2) Robert Greenwood (Snohetta, Norway)
3) Min, Hyun Sik (Kiohun Architects, Korea)
4) Kim, Sung Hong(University of Seoul, Korea)
5)Choi, Moon-Gyu (Yonsei University, Korea)
6)Oh, Se Gyu (Chonnam Natinal University, Korea)
7)Choi, Kyung Yang(Hansem Architects Group, Korea)
Deputy Juror
1) Chung, Hyun A(DIA Architecture, Korea)

Program and Site
1) Public Library and Residents’ Sports Facilities: In the first stage site area of 10,200m2 out of 31,871㎡, a total ground area of 11,000㎡, the public library and residents’ sports facilities will be built.

2) Incineration Site: The library site is located in a garbage incineration site in the Sangmu district that was closed in 2016. The remaining incineration plant will be rebuilt as a complex cultural facility after remodeling.

3) Sangmu Complex Culture Community Town: Around the site, there are cultural facilities such as Sangmu Sculpture Park, Sangmu City Park, 518 Liberty Park, Kim Dae-jung Convention Center, and dedicated performance hall for Gukak(Korean Folk Music).

4) Sangmu District: Originally used as a military training facility, the Sangmu district is a new downtown district of Gwangju Metropolitan City that houses large-scale residential complexes and commercial facilities as well as administrative, financial and media organizations.

5) Gwangju Metropolitan City: Gwangju Metropolitan City is a central city of Honam area, which is located in the southwestern part of Republic of Korea. The city has a population of 1.46 million, and aims to be Asia’s mecca for culture. Also, Gwangju is the city where significant events in Korean modern history happened including the Gwangju Student Independence Movement and the 5.18 Democratic Movement.

  • Title

    Open call: International Competition of City Main Library Gwangju, S. Korea
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Built Projects & Masterplans)
  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    11/12/2019 23:30
  • Submission Deadline

    07/02/2020 18:00
  • Venue

    Gwangju City, Seogu
  • Price


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