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Seoul launches Jamsil Sports Complex revamp contest

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The Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched an international ideas contest to regenerate its 402,816m² Jamsil Sports Complex

Open to all built environment professionals, the competition seeks ‘creative, innovative, and outstanding’ proposals to transform the 1984 structure into a new ‘citizen-centred’ attraction.

Previously used to host the 1988 Summer Olympic Games, the waterfront venue has now fallen into a ‘deteriorated’ condition with much of its surrounding area used as a car park.

Last year Seoul Metropolitan Government announced plans to transform the sports complex and neighbouring ‘COEX’ area into a mixed-use business, sports, culture, and entertainment district.

According to the brief: ‘This competition seeks creative, innovative, and outstanding ideas from domestic and international professionals in order to shed new light on the meaning, value and potential of the Jamsil Sports Complex area.

‘By transforming the area into an international attraction with international competitiveness and a citizen-centred space, we aim for the sustainable growth of Seoul as well as a bond of sympathy with the world.’

The document continued: ‘We hope that various discussions can be begun the complex’s regeneration and future uses through this competition and that the diverse and creative ideas proposed will be used for developing the “International Exchange District” and drafting the master plan for the COEX~Jamsil Sports Complex area.’

Judges include AZPML principal Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Hanyang University urban studies professor Ja-Hoon Koo.

Three first place prizes worth around £59,000 each and five second place prizes worth approximately £18,000 each will be awarded.

The eight winners are expected to be invited to compete in a further competition for the regeneration project.

The deadline for registration is 5pm local time on 2 June.




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