The Public Development Center of the Seoul Metropolitan Government recently announced the winners for "The first step to changing the Mapo Oil Reserve Base" international competition. The ideas competition challenged student and professional participants to repurpose the Mapo Oil Reserve Base in Sangam, Seoul, South Korea, which has been out of use for the past 10 years.
Sunggi Park, a graduate student at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Hyemin Jang, an undergraduate architecture student at Cornell University, won the first prize of $10,000 for their project "Resonance of Light." Their project transforms the Mapo oil tanks formerly used for military purposes into a welcoming multi-functional space where public programs can be held — all while keeping the surrounding natural environment untouched as possible.
A local judging committee of scholarly experts in architecture, urban planning and design, landscape, and social science evaluated the submissions in a three-stage procedure from Aug. 29 - Sept. 9. Jung Gon Kim, professor of architecture at Konkuk Univers...read more