International Competition of City Main Library Gwangju, S. Korea

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

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, Architects, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Library
Country Gwangju, Korea
Registration Deadline 11 December 2019 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 7 February 2020 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Architects

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.

Thomas Vonier (UIA, President)
Robert Greenwood (Snohetta, Norway)
Min, Hyun Sik (Kiohun Architects, Korea)
Kim, Sung Hong(University of Seoul, Korea)
Choi, Moon-Gyu (Yonsei University, Korea)
Oh, Se Gyu (Chonnam Natinal University, Korea)
Choi, Kyung Yang(Hansem Architects Group, Korea)

1st Prize- Design Development and Construction Document priority rights (Design fee will be posted on November 25, 2019)
2nd Prize- KRW 50 million
3rd Prize- KRW 2.5 million (each for 2 winners)

Entry Fee

Main Jury: February 12, 2020

Gwangju Metropolitan City

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