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Competition: Jeonju Station, South Korea

Jeonju Station in South Korea
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An international contest has been announced for a £22 million overhaul of Jeonju Station in South Korea

The winning team will create a 3,300m² station connected to the existing traditionally-styled station on the outskirts of the Korean city.

The project – backed by the Korean Rail Network Authority – aims to expand facilities at the interchange, which has seen growing passenger numbers in recent years. A 385-capacity car park and commercial amenities will also be delivered.

In its brief, the authority says: ‘The new building must represent a future direction and vision for contemporary architecture, attentive to the environmental contexts of the city and traditional Korean culture.’

Jeonju is a historic city of around 650,000 people, located within the agricultural Wanju County. It was not rapidly industrialised during the 20th century, and is a popular tourist attraction.

The competition seeks proposals to expand Jeonju Station which occupies a 68,877m² site on the eastern fringe of the city. Proposals must preserve the appearance of the existing station and also retain the size and location of its platforms and underground pedestrian tunnel.

Judges include Hani Rashid of Asymptote Architecture, Yonsei University professor Moon-Gyu Choi, Chanjoong Kim of The System Lab, and Peter Ferretto, associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The overall winner, to be announced 26 September, will receive a KRW 2.1 billion (£1.4 million) design contract. A second prize of KRW 40 million (£26,800), third prize of KRW 20 million (13,400), and two honourable mentions worth KRW 15 million (£10,000) each will also be awarded.

The registration deadline is 5pm local time on 28 June and submissions must be completed by 5pm local time on 10 September.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

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