Project Seoul has launched an international contest for a new £9.2 million music centre for young people in South Korea
Open to local and international architects – the contest seeks ‘unlimited and creative’ proposals for a new arts centre providing creative and musical facilities for young people living in the popular Yangcheon District, in the centre of the country’s capital city.
The project, backed by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, will transform a prominent 1,935㎡ site fronting the city’s busy Sinjeong-dong highway which is currently used as a car park. The overall winner will receive a £462,000 design contract.
According to the brief: ‘The Creative Music & Sound Centre for Youth includes both a new building construction and creation of an external space in the five lots. The facility is divided into a performance and culture zone, a practical training and creative zone, a support and management zone, and a public zone and community space.
‘Effective planning of traffic routes for users and people working at the facility should be undertaken based on the configuration of each area and the characteristics presented. At the same time, a large number of youth community spaces will be created by using public spaces.’
Yangcheon is a major inner-city district located on the southwest side of the Han River. The area features many residential complexes along with several shopping centres, parks, schools and community centres.
The contest focusses on a local government-owned site formerly earmarked for new housing which is currently being used as a car park. The project aims to create new facilities where young people can gain music industry work experience.
Proposals should feature a performance hall, waiting areas, storage spaces, training rooms, a concert room, dance studio, music technology lab, lecture theatre, offices and a lobby.
The competition languages are English and Korean. Judges include Hangsub Park, professor of architecture at Gachon University; Seungyeon Lee from Sangmyung University; and Byungwook Jeon, chief executive of local practice ima.A.
The winner – to be announced on 3 December – will receive a £462,000 design contract while a second prize of around £18,000, third prize of £13,800, fourth prize of £9,200 and fifth prize of £4,600 will also be awarded.
The registration deadline is 10 October.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information