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[10 Years of Design Competitions, 30 Public Architecture Selections] Cultural Complex Space Salim

Choi Jungwoo + Units-UA

written by
Lee Seungyun, Kim Youngjoo
photographed by
texture on texture
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edited by
Youn Yaelim, Kim Jia, Park Jiyoun, Ryu Jin

SPACE November 2023 (No. 672) 


10 years have passed since the design competition system was overhauled as a consequence of the Act On The Promotion Of Building Service Industry. As multiple adjustments and corrections have been made over time to the operation of design competitions, the system has given birth to numerous selections that populate our surroundings today. If these winning designs, which were born out of the creative struggles of individual designers in their respective times and places under the aegis of ‘good public architecture’, were to be assembled in a single space, what would stand out? SPACE have selected 30 distinguished examples of public architecture that have been recognised by the architectural scene over the past 10 years. We compared images of the winning designs and their results, and interviewed the architects. Our selection criteria was primarily based on being honoured with selection, but we also wanted to offer as diverse an outlook as possible according to type and year of competition, ordering institution, and use or function, to offer a wide spectrum of examples. When it came to public residences, we decided not to feature them in this article as they are a unique breed in terms of scale and programme. By reviewing all stages, from planning, examination, selection, and the post-construction phases, and after hearing from those responsible for them about the obstacles that they faced on their journey towards...

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Choi Jungwoo + Units-UA (Lee Seungyun, Kim Youngjo


10, Noryangjin-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul


education and research facility

Gross floor area



budget – 44.065 billion KRW / actual cost &

Completion year

Nov. 2020

Design cost

budget – 2.014 billion KRW / actual cost &#

Competition year

June 2016

Choi Jungwoo
Lee Seungyun
Kim Youngjoo