SOUR & Seoinn Design Group are Awarded 4th Prize for the International Design Competition for Geomdan’s New Museum Library Cultural Complex

April 19, 2023

SOUR and Seoinn Design Group are excited to be among the winners of the international architectural competition for the new Geomdan Museum Library Cultural Complex (GMLCC) in Incheon, South Korea (2023).

The Metropolitan City of Incheon together with the Housing and City Development Corporation organized an international competition for the new Geomdan Museum Library Cultural Complex.

Among 75 entries from all around the world for this open call, SOUR in collaboration with Seoinn Design Group are selected among the final 5 to present for the second stage of evaluations in front of the international jury. 

The decision of the jury was announced by the Metropolitan City of Incheon, together with its Housing and City Development Corporation, during the ceremony at the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning in Incheon, South Korea. 

The design team lead by SOUR has been awarded the 4th Prize. 

The ambition of the proposal was to urge architects to a necessary paradigm shift in the making of landmark architecture, where the design criteria and form-making should be driven by the energy endurance and climate resiliency.

The design by SOUR studio envisages a cultural, eco-friendly community landmark housing a futuristic Library and indoor-outdoor Museum, working together to become Geomdan’s new Archeology Park: a place for nature & people to thrive and explore, and where form follows sustainability measures and environmentally responsible design.

“Climate and energy crises, the global economic downturn, and the COVID-19 pandemic urge us architects to re-evaluate our priorities and methods in the generation of signature architecture. Any and all proposals for the built environment need to present purposefully viable solutions that address issues around energy usage, material waste, supply chain inefficiencies, and carbon footprint."

We therefore had two main question with the design of this building:

How might we use low-tech strategies for the (re)discovery of sustainable landmark architecture?

How might we evolve beyond energy-intensive technologies and high cost construction methods to generate scalable solutions in the built environment?

We believe that a landmark project such as a new library and museum complex represents a great opportunity to reform landmark aesthetics to be informed by climate resilience and to rediscover low-tech strategies to generate truly sustainable architecture and I hope we have a glimpse of what this shift can look like here.”

- Inanc Eray, Partner and Creative Director of SOUR.

The new Geomdan Museum Library Culture complex will help kick-start the transformation of one of Incheon’s most important brownfield sites, which will eventually become home to 180,000 residents.

For more information visit our project page.

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