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Gwanggyo Central Plaza International Design Competition

Korea, South Architecture News - May 05, 2023 - 11:50   7091 views

Gwanggyo Central Plaza International Design Competition

The vision for Gwanggyo Central Plaza is to complete the public realm of Gwanggyo New City by connecting the proposed plaza to Suwon Convention Center and Gyeonggi Garden through the underground walkway and a pedestrian bridge. 

Gwanggyo Central Plaza will serve as the cultural epicenter attracting both local inhabitants and international visitors.

Official name of Competition: Design Competition for Gwanggyo Central Plaza

Hosting Organization: Gyeonggi Housing & Urban Development Corporation

Competition Method: International design competition

Site location: Iui-dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do (15 parcel of the Gwanggyo Housing Site Development District)

Lot area: 11,455m2

Scale of the project:

Gross Floor Area : 12,655㎡ (within ±3%)

Road (pedestrian road [overpass]): B = 4.5m / L = 120m

Road (underground road [underground public pedestrian pathway]): A = 2,005㎡ (within ±3%)

Main use:

Above grade: Public open space, roads (pedestrian paths [overpasses])

Below grade: cultural facilities, roads (underground road [underground public pedestrian pathway])

Buildings: Cultural and Assembly Facilities, Sports Facilities, Class 1 Neighborhood Living Facilities per Korean local code


- Domestic and international architectural, landscape, and urban professionals can participate, and up to five people (individuals or corporations) can apply jointly.

- Particiapants with foreign licensee may not participate solely, but may participate jointly with a Korean architect licensee as a representative.

- When organizing a joint application, participants must organize to meet both ① and ② specified below.

1.Those who hold an architect's license pursuant to Article 7 of the [Architects Act] as of the date of the announcement and have registered an architect's office pursuant to Article 23 of the same Act and do not have any disqualification under relevant laws and regulations.

2. A company that has registered for engineering business in the construction sector (road, airport, urban planning, structure, soil/geology, landscape) pursuant to Article 21 of the [Engineering Industry Promotion Act], or a company that has registered to open an engineering firm in the construction sector (road, airport, urban planning, landscape, civil engineering structure, soil, and foundation) pursuant to Article 6 of the Engineers Act, and does not have any disqualifying reasons under relevant laws.

Competition schedule:

Announcement: Thu, April 27, 2023

On-Site Briefing: Refer to the online digital material provided

Inquiry Period: Tue, May 2, 2023 ~ Tue, May 9, 2023

Inquiry Response: Tue, May 16, 2023

Registration: Thu, April 27, 2023 ~ Tue, May 16, 2023, 16:00

Submission: Wed, July 5, 2023, 10:00 ~ 16:00

Technical Review: Wed, July 12, 2023

Competition Jury Review (1st, 2nd): (1st) Tue, July 25, 2023 / (2nd) Wed, July 26, 2023

Winner Announcement: After the judging announcement

Submission Material Return: Announced on the website


Patrick Berger, Patrick Berger Architectural Studio, Principal

Niall Kirkwood, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Professor / Academic Dean

Albert Giralt, RPBW Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Partner

Tae Man Kim, Haeahn Architecture, CDO

Seung Soo Sin, Design Group OZ Architects, Principal

Eun Young Park, Joongbu University, Professor

Yoon Hie Lee, Ewha Womans University Professor, (Alternate)

Kyung Jin An, Konkuk University Professor, (Alternate)

Design Guidelines can be downloaded from the competition's website

Top image courtesy of Gwanggyo Central Plaza International Design Competition.

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