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Competition: Creative Music & Sound Youth Centre, Seoul

Project Seoul has launched an international contest for a new 13,514 million KRW music centre for young people in South Korea (Deadline: 10 October)

Open to local and international architects, the contest seeks ‘unlimited and creative’ proposals for a new arts centre providing creative and musical facilities for young people living in the popular Yangcheon District, in the centre of the country’s capital city.

The project, backed by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, will transform a prominent 1,935㎡ site fronting the city’s busy Sinjeong-dong highway which is currently used as a car park. The overall winner will receive a 678 million KRW design contract.

The contest site in Yangcheon District, Seoul

The contest site in Yangcheon District, Seoul

The contest site in Yangcheon District, Seoul

According to the brief: ‘The Creative Music & Sound Centre for Youth includes both a new building construction and creation of an external space in the five lots. The facility is divided into a performance and culture zone, a practical training and creative zone, a support and management zone, and a public zone and community space.

‘Effective planning of traffic routes for users and people working at the facility should be undertaken based on the configuration of each area and the characteristics presented. At the same time, a large number of youth community spaces will be created by using public spaces.’

Yangcheon is a major inner-city district located on the southwest side of the Han River. The area features many residential complexes along with several shopping centres, parks, schools and community centres.

The contest site in Yangcheon District, Seoul

The contest site in Yangcheon District, Seoul

The contest site in Yangcheon District, Seoul

The contest focuses on a local government-owned site formerly earmarked for new housing which is currently being used as a car park. The project aims to create new facilities where young people can gain music industry work experience.

Proposals should feature a performance hall, waiting areas, storage spaces, training rooms, a concert room, dance studio, music technology lab, lecture theatre, offices and a lobby.

The competition languages are English and Korean. Judges include Hangsub Park, professor of architecture at Gachon University; Seungyeon Lee from Sangmyung University; and Byungwook Jeon, chief executive of local practice ima.A.

The winner – to be announced on 3 December – will receive a 678 million KRW design contract while a second prize of around 27.12 million KRW, third prize of 20.34 million KRW, fourth prize of 13.56 million KRW and fifth prize of 6.78 million KRW will also be awarded.

How to apply

Deadline

The registration deadline is 10 October

Contact details

Email: thiskerb@gmail.com
Tel: +82-70-7723-3265

Visit the competition website for more information

Croydon Youth Zone case study: Q&A with John Puttick

The founder of John Puttick Associates discusses lessons learned designing a new youth learning space in Croydon, south London

How will your project deliver an innovative learning and recreational space for young people in south London?

Croydon Youth Zone will offer an exciting combination of activities to young people of the area: a sports hall, climbing wall and fitness suite; performance and music spaces; arts, crafts and enterprise rooms amongst others. These all open onto a dynamic central space that combines an informal recreation area with the building’s circulation – so young people naturally encounter all the opportunities of the Youth Zone while at the café, playing table-football or simple hanging-out with their friends. The wooded nature of the site also lends itself to external activities – there will be a kick-pitch, outdoor recreation area with benches around the trees and raised planters to encourage young people to get involved with growing plants.

Croydon Youth Zone by John Puttick Associates

Croydon Youth Zone by John Puttick Associates

Croydon Youth Zone by John Puttick Associates

Which architectural, material, visual and other methods did you harness in your design?

Carefully arranging the plan to create the central double-height hall and recreation area has been key to establishing an open and interactive environment. These will be lit from above with both high-level glazing and light-pipes – ultimately opening on to the external recreation area – creating a space animated by ample natural light. Externally we want to establish the building as a prominent destination for young people within the streetscape: its sculpted form responds to openings between the mature trees where the building can rise out of the surroundings. Large corner windows and a generous entrance right next to the climbing wall emphasise the exciting activities within. The timber cladding relates the building to its site but is also unusual – and so eye-catching – in this part of London.

Croydon Youth Zone by John Puttick Associates

Croydon Youth Zone by John Puttick Associates

Croydon Youth Zone by John Puttick Associates

What advice would you have to contest participants on designing a new young people’s music centre for Seoul?

In designing Croydon Youth Zone we have had the benefit of working with the charity OnSide, which specialises in developing buildings of this kind, as well as with some of the tens of thousands of young members of Youth Zones in the OnSide network. The perspective of young people is always refreshing and we would recommend designers get their opinions if possible during the design process. Generally we have found that young people are mainly excited by the kinds of spaces they will be able to enjoy and the activities these facilitate, rather than seeing the building as a static object.

Croydon Youth Zone by John Puttick Associates

Croydon Youth Zone by John Puttick Associates

Croydon Youth Zone by John Puttick Associates

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