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Contest opens to transform Seoul oil depot into cultural park

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The mayor of Seoul has launched an international contest to design a £16 million urban park on the site of a former oil depot

The project will create a new cultural destination recognising the industrial legacy of the 10 hectare site next to the South Korean capital’s World Cup Stadium.

The Mapo-gu depot was built during the 1970s oil crisis and was decommissioned for safety reasons when the neighbouring 66,000-capacity stadium opened in 2001.

Featuring five disused fuel tanks, the city centre plot has remained derelict and inaccessible to the public since its closure.

Announcing the competition, Seoul mayor Park Won-soon called for a sustainable vision transform the area into a new ‘multi-cultural’ space.

According to the competition brief: ‘In an era of economic growth in Korea a fresh approach is needed regarding this industrial legacy.’

It added: ‘Deviating from conventional attitudes towards demolishing the old city and constructing the new, it is time to try to keep the memory and history of this old structure and to revive its uniqueness.’

Entries will be expected to retain the existing structures and introduce new performance, exhibition and leisure facilities to the site.  

The winning team – set to be announced on 23 August – will receive around £930,000 in fees to design the project.

Second place will receive around £30,000 and third place will take home £12,000. Up to ten honourable mentions worth around £600 each will also be awarded.

The competition languages are English and Korean and the deadline for registration is 11 August.






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