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Competition: Architects globally are invited to submit proposals for a municipal government complex in South Korea’s Goyang city

September 9, 2021

Organised by the Korea Institute of Architects, local and international teams are invited to present concepts (Registration deadline: 1 October 2021) for a landmark new ‘future-oriented and environmentally-friendly’ civic building for the growing satellite city located on the northwest edge of the capital, Seoul. The city’s municipal government complex will cost SGD232 million (202 billion KRW).

The brief states: ‘Established in 1983, the current Goyang City Hall was originally constructed as a county office for a population of 200,000, so its structure stability is vulnerable for current use. The primary purpose of the design competition is to provide high-quality administrative services to 1,090,000 citizens of Goyang-si. Proposals must be both flexible and harmonious with the site’s surroundings.

The 74,000m² project will transform a car park and light industrial site on the fringes of Goyang into a new city hall bringing together a range of municipal departments that are currently spread across the town. The objectives of this project include reducing the rental burden of the existing municipal estate and providing more one-stop and convenient services to the city’s growing population. The complex will feature a mayor’s office, department areas and a cultural space – along with servicing areas, a public space and car parking.

Moreover, it aims to select reasonable, creative, and future-oriented designs for building Goyang new city hall complex that will become a physical landmark of Goyang-si and resonate with the citizens of Goyang-si to promote balanced development of the city and to newly establish publicness of a public office building.

Goyang is a planned satellite city of more than one million inhabitants. Local landmarks include the 18th century Bukhansanseong fortress, the Hyundai Motorstudio showroom by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, and Moon Hoon’s Two Moon coffee shop and gallery.

The overall winner, to be announced on 13 December, will be first in line for the project’s estimated £6.7 million (10.7 billion KRW) design contract. A second prize of £50,000 (80 million KRW), third prize of £37,400 (60 million KRW), fourth prize of £25,000 (40 million KRW), and fifth prize of £12,500 (20 million KRW) will also be awarded.

The registration deadline is 1 October and submissions must be completed by 26 November.

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