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Competition: Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal, Seoul

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has announced an open international competition for a new 27,500 million KRW ferry terminal in Yeouido Hangang Park (Deadline: 10 April)

Open to architects, urban planners, landscape architects and engineers, the anonymous competition seeks proposals for a 2,100m² complex featuring a departures hall, ticket office, viewing platform, shops and storage areas.

The proposed Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal will be constructed on the north side of the city’s historic Yeouido Island and will include a 2,400m² steel pontoon and a 2,975m² floating pier extending over the River Han.

Yeouido, Seoul

Yeouido, Seoul

Contest site

According to the brief: ‘The design competition aims to create a ferry terminal which manages water transportation and various vessels including private and government vessels in an integrated manner.

‘This competition should contribute to the design of ferry terminal as a new spot on the Han River, where everyone can come and enjoy. This competition is also expected to maximise the scenery of the Han River as well as keep the original functions and roles of the ferry terminal.’

Yeouido Island is the political and economic centre of the South Korean capital – hosting the national assembly, stock exchange and several major corporate headquarters.

Yeouido Hangang Park was created as a new green space on the north side of the island in 1999. Today it features a traditional Korean forest, open-air performance space and a 6 kilometre avenue of cherry blossom trees.

The competition site stretches from Mapo Bridge to Wonhyo Bridge and is home to an existing landing stage. The latest project is part of plans to transform this section of Yeouido Hangang Park into a new cultural hub.

Yeouido, Seoul

Yeouido, Seoul

Contest site

Proposals for the ferry terminal should integrate with emerging plans for a new riverside terrace, pier deck and cultural centre. A multi-level exchange connecting the terminal to Yeoui-Naru Station on Subway Line 5 may also be included.

The competition languages are English and Korean. International teams must team up with a Korean partner if selected to deliver the project.

Judges include Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture professor Ryue Nishizawa and AZPML founder Alejandro Zaera-Polo, whose career was launched by winning the competition for the Yokohama International Passenger Terminal in 1995.

The overall winner – set to be announced on 1 June – will be invited to sign a 1,045 million KRW design contract.

How to apply

Deadline

The registration deadline is 10 April and submissions must be completed by 17 May.

Contact details

Seoul Metropolitan Government Public Development Centre

Tel: +82-2-2133-8347, 8364, 8368

Project manager

Tel: +82-2-6010-1022

Visit the competition website and select English in top left corner for more information

Yokohama International Passenger Terminal case study: Q&A with Alejandro Zaera-Polo

The competition judge, and founder of AZPML, discusses lessons learned designing a cruise liner terminal in Yokohama, Japan

How did your competition-winning Yokohama International Passenger Terminal create a dramatic new facility for Japan?

Actually, some people thought it was not dramatic enough, not evident enough, and that is probably true because only when you visit the building are you able to experience its most ‘dramatic’ features, which came out of the ambition to turn the roof of the building into a public park, a topography formed by the accidents of the terminal programme below. I think the big success of the project is the idea of mixing both programmes into a topographic ground.

Japan

Japan

Source: Image by Satoru Mishima

Yokohama International Passenger Terminal

Which architectural, material and other methods did you harness?

The project was conceived from the beginning as a naval construction, made out of pleated steel as a structural component. During the development of the project, timber – another traditional material – emerged as the most adequate material to cover the surface of the topography. As the building was supposed to be formed by horizontal surfaces opening to the views and connecting to the cruise ships, the vertical enclosures were made with frameless glass, which was also quite a feat, featuring the longest pieces of glass that were available at the time. The treatment of these sheet-like materials through folding techniques to produce different structural and programmatic performances was supposed to resonate with the Japanese Origami traditions.

Japan

Japan

Source: Image by Satoru Mishima

Yokohama International Passenger Terminal

What advice would you have to contest participants on designing a new ferry terminal for Seoul?

The same one that I would have for anybody making any building today: to make sense and think about the technical, economic, social and ecological resilience of the project. As a profession, we have been occupied with exception, extravagance and nonsense for too long, and that has not helped us to explain what we do to the public. So we have become professionally suspicious and lost our ground to all these ‘managers’ who have very little skill, but have built their professional credibility on proving us wrong, and taken over the control of the projects. I am just one of many in the jury, but I would like to select a project that makes sense and does not contribute any further to sink our profession any further: no-nonsense.

Japan

Japan

Source: Image by Satoru Mishima

Yokohama International Passenger Terminal