International Competition for the New Gangseo-gu Government Office Complex

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International Competition for the New Gangseo-gu Government Office Complex

Background of Competition:
The current government office building of Gangseo-gu was established in 1977 and the facilities have deteriorated somewhat over the past 40 histrorical years. Also, it was inevitable to separate the space into 9 facilities due to the narrow area which led to a lack of connectivity and efficiency of work.
Thus, demand increased to establish a new government office complex that allows integrated administrative services and includes an open space for residents.
As we head towards 50 years of establishment, Gangseo-gu now prepares for the next 50 years through the new government office, and the symbolic significance that is necessary when preparing for a future city.

Competition Descriptions
Site Location: 745-3, Magok-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul
Area/District: Quasi-residential area, high-altitude district, district unit plan area (Magok city development area), focused landscape district
Use: Public office facility, cultural and meeting facility, facility for children and elders, education research facility
Site Area: 20,244㎡
Total Floor Area: 52,152㎡ (can be adjusted within the ±2% range)
Estimated Project Cost: 139,520 million KRW
(including VAT, zero energy and new renewable energy construction costs)
Estimated Design Fee: 7,160 million KRW
(VAT included, including different kinds of certification costs and compensation for damage allotment insurance)
Competition Period: April 19 (Mon.), 2021 ~ July 30 (Fri.), 2021
Design Period: 14 months after contracting the design service agreement (including holidays)

The new Gangseo-gu government office complex is a community space that has been prepared for and is open to the residents as it connects between people, and between nature and space to secure work efficiency and connectivity. The purpose of the design competition is to select a reasonable, creative, and artistic entry that meets the concept of the new Gangseo-gu government office complex.

For Korean architects, it should be someone who has established and declared an architectural firm according to Article 23 Paragraph 1 of the ‘Certified Architects Act’ of Korea and is free from any disqualifications and carries out normal architecture related businesses as of the date of the notification. (1)
In the case of the foreign architect, it should be a qualified architect according to the law of the country of origin by the time of the competition announcement (2), and it must jointly apply with someone who is qualified for (1).
For the joint application, the list of joint participants shall be completed until the submission of the entry, and all of the joint participants must be qualified for at least (1) or (2). The total number of joint participants shall be limited to 3 or less. Designate a Korean architect who is qualified for (1) as the representative.
After winning, the representative of the joint group shall direct and mediate all the work and perform building permissions, etc. Also, any legal rights, responsibilities, and liabilities related to the competition belong to the representative.
The representative or the person who is registered as the joint participant is not allowed to join in another joint application team that participates in this Design Competition.
For joint participation, joint participation is not allowed for companies who have 200 or more technicians that are registered at the Korea Institute of Registered Architects or the Korea Construction Engineering Association as of the date of the notification.

Announcement: April 19 (Mon.), 2021
Registration: April 19 (Mon.), 2021 ~ May 21 (Fri.), 2021-Official website
Entry Submission: July 19 (Mon.), 2021 From 10:00 to 17:00-in person
1st Main Jury: July 23 (Fri.), 2021
2nd Main Jury: July 29 (Thu.), 2021
Result Announcement: July 30 (Fri.), 2021

5 winning proposals will be selected. Competition winners will be a warded as follows:
1st Prize(1 entry): 7,160 million KRW(1 us dollar=1,200 KRW)
Certificate of award, being given the priority negotiation rights for the basic and working design
2nd Prize(1 entry): Certificate or award, 60 million KRW(1 us dollar=1,200 KRW)
3rd Prize(1 entry): Certificate or award, 45 million KRW(1 us dollar=1,200 KRW)
4th Prize(1 entry): Certificate or award, 30 million KRW(1 us dollar=1,200 KRW)
5th Prize(1 entry): Certificate or award, 15 million KRW(1 us dollar=1,200 KRW)
Honorary Mentions (within 5 entries): Awards

ORGANISERS DETAILS: Korea Institute of Architects