International Design Competition for New Gwanghwamun Square, Korea

We look forward to turning the square into the iconic place in Korea for residents that has historicity, the sense of place and convenience through the design proposals from the competition.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage
Genre Urban
Country Seoul, Korea
RegDeadline 23 November 2018 GoogleCal iCal
2 January 2019 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Either an individual or a group of expert from the relevant fields such as urban planning/design, architecture, landscape architecture, road engineering or transportation engineering

The Seoul Metropolitan Government, in an effort to overcome the current spatial and functional limits of Gwanghwamun Square and to restore historical and cultural symbolism of Gwanghwamun area, is opening this international design competition. All experts or firms that are interested in this opportunity are strongly encouraged to register and submit a proposal.
- Project site: The site area that the winning team of this design competition shall create a design for construction. The gross area is about 126,100㎡, including the current Gwanghwamun Square and the surrounding roads (Sejong-daero, Sajik-ro and Yulgok-ro).
- Strategic area: The areas that surround the project scope area, including the south wall of Gyeongbokgung in the north, the junction of Samcheongdong Stream and Baekundong Stream in the south, Samcheongdong Stream (currently Jong-ro 1-gil) in the east, and Baekundong Stream (currently Saemunan-ro 5ga-gil) in the west.
- Conceptual area: The spatial scope inspired each design plan (each team can freely set this conceptual scope).
Estimated / Construction cost: 60,000 million KRW
Design Fee Budget: 2,764 million KRW

Hyosang Seung, Chief Commissioner, The Presidential Committee on Architecture Policy
Hong-jun Yu, Professor, Myungji University
Ki-min Son, Professor, Chung-Ang University
Na-Kyoung Yu, Principal, Place Making Associates Co.
Wookju Jeong, Professor, Seoul National University
Dominique Perrault, ¥Principal, Dominique Perrault Architecture
Adriaan Geuze, Principal, West8
Young Joon Kim (Preparatory Jury)

1st prize (1 Project): Contract Award for Design Development and Construction documentation + Honorarium 30,000,000 KRW
2nd prize (1 Project): 80,000,000 KRW + Honorarium 30,000,000 KRW
3rd prize (1 Project): 60,000,000 KRW + Honorarium 30,000,000 KRW
4th prize (1 Project): 40,000,000 KRW + Honorarium 30,000,000 KRW
5th prize (1 Project): 20,000,000 KRW + Honorarium 30,000,000 KRW
Honorable mention (5 Project): Honorarium 30,000,000 KRW

Entry Fee

1st Jury & 1st announcement of winners: January 15 (Tue), 2019
2nd Jury (presentation by the 1st winners): January 18 (Fri), 2019
Announcement of the final winners: January 21 (Mon), 2019

Gwanghwamun Square Project Group: Square Planning Team, Seoul Metropolitan Government

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