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Design for Korea’s New Government Complex Sejong unveiled

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The winning design - the Sejong City Core plan - features a 14-storey building that represents the core of the Government Complex, and serves as a major landmark.

Heerim Architecture & Construction consortium has won the international design competition for the New Government Complex Sejong at Administrative City in South Korea. The development will be built on a gross area of 134,000 sq m and is slated for completion in 2021, with a total cost of KRW 371.4 billion (about US$330 million). The basic and working designs based on the selected entry are expected to be completed by 2019.

This winning design - the Sejong City Core plan - features a 14-storey building that represents the core of the Government Complex, and serves as a major landmark. The design also takes into consideration public accessibility and amenities, such as the scenic pedestrian paths located between the bus rapid transit system and the Sejong Lake Park.

The Administrative City development, currently underway, is the first government-led construction of an administrative city in Korea’s history intended to boost economic growth potential. The buildings and structures within the city feature innovative designs collected through a global design competition for the masterplan of public structures, aiming to make it a world-class city.

The Administrative City reflects the ideas of Jean-Pierre Durig of Switzerland and Andres Perea Ortega of Spain, who won the 2005 competition held during the early stages of urban planning of the city.

Other world-renowned architects are said to have been involved in the construction of the city's landmarks. The masterplan of the National Museum Complex, one of the representative structures of the city, was also chosen through an international competition. The construction of the museum based on the winning design of Sejong Museum Gardens by Office OU is scheduled for completion in 2023.

Many public buildings in the Administrative City have also won global design awards, including the National Library of Korea, Sejong, which won a Red Dot Design Award in 2014, and the Presidential Archives that won a Bronze award from the IDEA Design Awards in 2016.