Geomdan Museum Library Cultural Complex by SOUR + Seoinn Design Group

SOUR is 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 Com-plex.

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Among 75 entries from around the world that responded to the open call, SOUR, in collabora-tion with Seoinn Design Group, was selected among the Final 5 to present for the second stage of evaluations in front of an international jury.

The jury decision was announced by the Metropolitan City of Incheon, together with its Housing and City Development Corporation, during the ceremo-ny at the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning in Incheon, South Korea. The design team led by SOUR was awarded 4th Prize.

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

The proposal 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 environ-mentally responsible design.

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“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 questions with the design of this building: How might we use low-tech stra-tegies for the (re)discovery of sustainable landmark architecture? And how might we evolve beyond energy-intensive technologies and high-cost construction methods to generate scalable solutions in the built environment?

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We believe that a landmark project such as a new library and museum com-plex represents a great opportunity to reform landmark aesthetics to be informed by climate resilien-ce and to rediscover low-tech strategies to generate truly sustainable architecture, and I hope we ha-ve a glimpse of what this shift can look like here.” – Inanc Eray, Partner and Creative Director at 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 resi-dents. Source by SOUR Studio + Seoinn Design Group.

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Location: Incheon, South Korea

Architect: SOUR Studio + Seoinn Design Group

Design: Inanc Eray with Dong Kyu Choi

Design Team: Pinar Guvenc, Alex Yoocheol Choi, Marianne de Zeeuw, Mariana Evangelista, Mer-ve Guven, Pinar Gursoy, Merve Akbay, Irem Gocmenoglu, Derin Sahin, Nicholas Doghlass, Gamze Gurgenc

Client: Incheon Housing and City Development Corporation, Incheon Metropolitan City

Area: 27,768 m2

Date: 2023

Images: Courtesy of SOUR

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