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Seoul opens Seunsangga Complex overhaul contest

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Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched an international contest for the £17 million regeneration of its iconic Seunsangga Complex

The ‘Re-Structuring Seunsangga Citywalk’ seeks proposals to revamp the downtown landmark which first opened in 1972.

Designed by architect Kim Su-geun, the linear mixed-use complex features seven shopping centres, housing and segregated pedestrian and vehicle routes.

The building was Korea’s first downtown development but is now run-down and generally considered an eyesore.

According to the brief: ‘The subject and scope of design is Seunsangga Complex’s deck and the public space above and below which connects from the edge of Jong-ro by Jongmyo Park to the space by Toegye-ro that connects to Namsan Mountain.

‘The west of the complex will be developed as a four-meter wide road, and to the east of the complex will be developed as a green walkway seven to ten meters wide, which should be included in the design.

‘The entrant should provide a masterplan for the whole site area, a detailed design for the Phase 1 section, and a program to revitalize the Seunsangga Complex.’

The winner – set to be announced on 30 May – will receive the estimated £720,000 design contract.

A second place prize of around £30 million and third place prize worth approximately £12,000 will also be available.

The deadline for registration is 5pm local time on 17 May.




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