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ACME misses out on £17.5 million UN Memorial master plan

[FIRST LOOK] London-based practice ACME has released this image of its competition entry for the UN Memorial Peace Park master plan in South Korea

ACME’s planned 9,600m2 memorial building, which came third in an international contest, included a 1,500-seat UN assembly hall, two conference halls, a theatre and an exhibition space. The brief demanded a ‘prominent’ building to sit within the Peace Park and which would become a local landmark.

The brief, which stated the memorial should ‘represent the collective nature of the United Nations’ was intended to encourage buildings that combined both the individual nature of the contributing countries as well as creating ‘something great, bigger than any single one’.

The London-based practice chose a ‘literal interpretation of this brief’, forming the building as an immediately evident ‘cluster of cells’, which collectively form a building with an irregularly repeating hexagonal facade. The irregularity allows for flexible sizing in response to the building’s accommodation schedule, which includes exhibition spaces, education rooms, conference facilities, offices, a restaurant and public viewing platforms.

The master plan is based in Chungju City, central South Korea and is intended to increased tourism to the city, which is also the birthplace of current UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

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