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In pictures: Brits miss the mark in Gangnam transit centre contest

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ZHA and AZPML have lost out to Dominique Perrault Architecture in an international contest, judged by David Chipperfield, for a new £821 million transport hub in Gangnam, Seoul

The London practices featured among six teams shortlisted for the £10.27 million design contract, which was awarded last week to a team featuring the Paris-based architect along with local practice Junglim Architecture. Also on the shortlist were KPF and Snøhetta.

The competition sought ‘creative and innovative’ proposals for a 150,000㎡subterranean mass-transit hub under Youngdongdaero boulevard within Seoul’s popular Gangnam District.

The winning team will now deliver a mixed-use complex featuring an integrated railway and bus station alongside car parking and new public and retail spaces. The scheme will be constructed beneath a linear 56,000㎡ site located between Samseong Subway Station and Bongeunsa Subway Station.

The new transit hub will bring together six railway lines which converge in the area and is expected to occupy up to six levels below street level. It is planned to complete in 2023.

The competition brief described the project site as ‘a major artery that moves and connects the flow of traffic to and from Gangnam to the northern part of the Han River. All public transportation, such as taxis and buses, travel on this 70m-wide boulevard. In addition to being a main thoroughfare, at times, traffic is blocked in order to transform this space into an urban piazza, making room for street parades, K-Pop concerts, and other major events.’

Gangnam is one of the 25 districts which make up the South Korean capital. The wealthy area is home to around half a million residents and became internationally famous after the 2012 song Gangnam Style by Psy, filmed in the district, became YouTube’s most-watched video.

The prominent Youngdongdaero boulevard connects Samseong Subway Station and Bongeunsa Subway Station and features a number of underground shopping malls and car parks. Nearby landmarks within the emerging Seoul International District include the COEX convention centre and trade tower, and the Jamsil Sports Complex.

The competition was judged by David Chipperfield; University of Seoul professor Youngchan Kim; and Haeseong Je, chair of Korea’s National Architectural Policy Committee.

The full shortlist

  • (Gansam Architects & partners): AZPML + WSP + Korea engineering consultants Corp. + Chunil Engineering + Dongbu Engineering + Into Engineering
  • (Samoo Architects & Engineers + Zaha Hadid Architects): NOW Architects + Saman Corporation + Hanmac Engineering + Seohyun Engineering
  • (Junglim Architecture): Dominique Perrault Architecture + Space Group + Yooshin Engineering Corporation + Teso Engineering + Sunjin Engineering & Architecture
  • (Posco A&C): Hyundai Architects @engineers assoc. + Nikken Sekkei + Kyong Dong Engineering + Kyowoo Engineering + Innocean + Urban Safety and Security research Institute + Hyundai AutoEver + Posmate
  • (Hyewonkaci Architects & Associates): dmp designcamp moonnpark + Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC Architects and Planning Consultants + Donghae Engineering & Consultants Co + Dong IL Engineering Consultants Co + SunKoo Engineering
  • (Heerim Architects & Planners): Snøhetta Overseas Architecture AS + Hanssum Architects & Associates + Keunjeong Architects & Engineers + Dong Myeong Engineering Consultants + Dohwa Engineering + Soosung Engineering + Seoyoung Engineering Co.
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