A place not only to read books, but also for creativity, communication and solidarity.

GWANGJU CITY MAIN LIBRARY

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GWANGJU CITY MAIN LIBRARY

The project site for the Gwangju City Main Library is a garbage incineration site at the northern end of the Sangmu cultural complex belt with an image of a neglected, abandoned low-quality industrial district which neither serves the public, nor contributes to the expansion of the cultural value and diversity of the district.

The aim of the project is to regenerate the site to create a complex platform for cultural diversity while maintaining the imagery of cylindrical industrial facilities and silos. The cylindrical structures of the soon-to-be-demolished buildings are preserved and gentrified, together with the tower of the heat supply facility and the Sangmu Incinerator, in order to turn the site to a public interaction spot. The proposed building is a single, rhythmic landmark that manages to form active linkages with all the facilities on the site by generating public spaces as well as the reserved adjacent sites and the Gwangju stream on the north. This future city main library aims to not only be a place to read books, but also a place for creativity, communication and solidarity.

The repetitive cylindrical form of the building provides flexible and convertible interior planning. This rhythmic modularity allows the functional areas of the library to change and expand if needed in the future.  The semi-circular facade modules serve many different functions such as cultural education spaces, exhibition areas, common space areas and material rooms. There are a variety of uses proposed for these modules such as reading areas, book shelves, exhibition stands, multi-purpose rooms, private offices, circulation shafts, etc.

Client

Gwangju Metro. Municipality

Location

Gwangju, S.Korea

Size

10500 sqm

Program

Library

Status

International Competition

Collaborators

  • Sezin BELDAĞ

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The project site for the Gwangju City Main Library is a garbage incineration site at the northern end of the Sangmu cultural complex belt with an image of a neglected, abandoned low-quality industrial district which neither serves the public, nor contributes to the expansion of the cultural value and diversity of the district. 


The aim of the project is to regenerate the site to create a complex platform for cultural diversity while maintaining the imagery of cylindrical industrial facilities and silos. The cylindrical structures of the soon-to-be-demolished buildings are preserved and gentrified, together with the tower of the heat supply facility and the Sangmu Incinerator, in order to turn the site to a public interaction spot. 



A PLACE FOR CREATIVITY, COMMUNICATION AND SOLIDARITY

URBAN INFORMATICS

The cylindrical structures of the incinerator buildings are considered to be components of the cultural facility, each representing a different function. The main chimney acts as a landmark for the site, welcoming the visitors while the heat supply facility’s silo is planned to be a public terrace - restaurant for future use. The non-demolished silo located near the parking lot becomes a ramp and an overpass that reaches the stream while being converted into a water storage tank which utilizes precipitation and distributes it through the site.


RHYTHMIC LANDMARK THAT CREATES ACTIVE LINKAGES WITH ALL THE FACILITIES ON THE SITE

CIRCULAR FACADE - MODULATION ALTERNATIVES

The repetitive cylindrical form of the building provides flexible and convertible interior planning. This rhythmic modularity allows the functional areas of the library to change and expand if needed in the future.  The semi-circular facade modules serve many different functions such as cultural education spaces, exhibition areas, common space areas and material rooms. There are a variety of uses proposed for these modules such as reading areas, book shelves, exhibition stands, multi-purpose rooms, private offices, circulation shafts, etc. 


GWANGJU CITY MAIN LIBRARY
GWANGJU CITY MAIN LIBRARY
GWANGJU CITY MAIN LIBRARY

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