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Design contest launched for Sejong-daero cultural venue

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Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched an international design competition for a new £117 million cultural venue

Open to professional architects and landscape architects, the contest seeks proposals for a new 1,088㎡ landscaped plaza and 1,600㎡ underground facility on the former site of the 1930s National Tax Service Building (pictured) on the city’s historic Sejong-daero thoroughfare.

According to the brief: ‘The goal of this project is to link the site of the former National Tax Service Building to urban architectural heritage and the surroundings that contain various cultural activities. Developing a historic cultural place that harmonizes past, present, and future is the task of the project.’

The document continued: ‘The surrounding historical facilities such as Deoksugung, City Hall, and Hwangu-dan have been the historical hubs of South Korea and create a symbolic cultural scenery. The site located between these facilities could be formed as a public space which inherits the historical atmosphere and reflects a public character of this place.’

Judges include University of Seoul architecture professor Kim Sung Hong and Woo Daeseung of Architects OP’US.

Submissions should include two A0-size drawing panels, a site plan and a project description.

The winner – set to be announced on 6 October – will receive the design commission. A second place prize worth £22,000 and third place prize of £11,000 will also be awarded.

The deadline for registration is 5pm local time on 24 September.

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