The Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched an international design contest for a new £8 million ‘eco-bridge’ spanning the Gyeongbu Expressway
Open to all architects, civil engineers and landscape designs, the competition seeks ‘creative and innovative’ proposals for a new 60m-span crossing, connecting two forested wildlife areas located on either side of the busy 11-lane motorway.
The project – dubbed the Yangjaegogae Eco-Bridge – will provide a new walking route over the impassable road for pedestrians as well as animals such as squirrels and chipmunks. Proposals will be expected to demonstrate harmonious design with strong aesthetic values which promote the coexistence of humans and natural ecology.
According to the brief: ‘The Seoul Metropolitan Government is planning projects such as the Seoul Trails and a connection of park green spaces through a basic plan of a wide-area quantitative and qualitative expansion of park green spaces. This will increase citizens’ access to green areas and enhance the diversity of isolated insects, wild birds, and wildlife.
‘The Yangjaegogae Eco-Bridge site was disconnected from the green network due to the construction of the Gyeongbu Expressway. The purpose of this design competition is not only to provide a roaming route for wild animals through the Eco-Bridge, but also to furnish a living space for various creatures and create convenience for citizens with a connecting walking pass that blends in with the surrounding environment.’
Located in the south of the Korean capital, the Gyeongbu Expressway is a major route connecting the city to Busan. The forested nature reserve sites severed by the motorway are known as Mount Umyeon Urban Nature Park and Maljukgeori Park.
The new bridge will create a link between for the two parkland areas featuring a green channel for both humans and animals. Proposals should be at least 7m wide and feature benches, a rest area and observation point along with suitable soil and vegetation to encourage animals.
Contest site: Yangjaegogae Eco Bridge
Competition judges include Dietmar Feichtinger of Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes, Yonsei University professor Kim Sanghyo and Song Inju, director of safety and environmental research at The Seoul Institute. The official languages are English and Korean.
The overall winner will be first in line for a £360,000 contract to deliver the structure. A second place prize of £14,000, third place prize of £10,000, fourth place prize of £7,000 and fifth place prize of £3,500 will also be awarded.
The registration deadline is 26 May and submissions must be completed by 12 June.
How to apply
Kim Yun Kyoung
Urban Space Improvement Bureau of Seoul Metropolitan Government
Tel: +82-2-2133-7626 , +82-70-7723-3265