The Brief

Official Name of Competition

    International Competition for Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education Headquarter Building

Competition Goal

  • The purpose of the competition for Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education Headquarter Building is to create a comfortable and convenient working environment by securing appropriate office spaces and providing the Education Hub Space that may embrace the ideas and dreams of the Seoul educational families for the future education in Seoul.

Project Outline

  • Location: 27, Duteopbawi-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Site Area: 13,214.2㎡
  • Building Area: 39,967㎡
  • Construction Cost (Estimated) : ₩100,689,000,000 KRW (surtax incl.)
    • The total of the construction cost shall not exceed the construction budget when the total gross area changed.
  • Design Fee (Estimated): ₩5,081,000,000 KRW (surtax incl.)
    • Including Architecture, Civil, Landscape, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Data/Communications, Fire Protection, Interior design and etc.
  • Design Period: 360 days from the beginning of project initiation (Schematic Design : 120 days, Construction Documentation : 240 days)

Competition Method

  • This competition is an open competition for both domestic and international architects(and firms).
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Design Guideline

Background and Goals of Design

    The Headquarter Building of Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education(SMOE), previously located in Yeouido, was moved to the present location in 1981. The number of staff was about 350 at that time, but now it is about 760, as the type and scope of the work have been varied and extended for the last 37 years. The user of the building has also been varied including various education-related entities and citizens.

    However, the current headquarter building of SMOE, adjacent to the GyeonghuI Palace, is located in the Cultural Heritage Protection Zone, making it impossible to extend or rebuild the existing building to accommodate the changing demands of the current occupant and citizens. Therefore, in 2009, SMOE decided to relocate its headquarter building to the former Sudo Girls' High School site in Yongsan-gu, and move to the new headquarter building in 2021.

    The new headquarter building of SMOE is a space to realize the "Innovative Future Education for the Happiness of All," and it will break away from the bureaucratic and authoritative appearance of conventional public office buildings. The goal of the new office building is to create a facility that has 'Openness' for the communication with various education-related entities and residents, 'Functionality' for creative and efficient working, and 'Publicity' for providing high-quality administrative services in the local society.

    The site is adjacent to Mt. Namsan as well as the Yongsan Park, which will be constructed as the largest park in Seoul following the relocation of the US Military Camp, and is located in a region where urban regeneration will be promoted, and various changes are expected to occur. Therefore, this project should be planned to harmonize the current urban area with the surrounding nature and to present the future directions for the urban regeneration.



  • Any domestically or internationally licensed architect is eligible to participate.
  • In the case of joint application, a total of three(3) individuals or firms can apply. One(1) member of the team must be selected as representative.
  • The representative of the competition should be a licensed architect according to the Architect Laws of Korea, and has registered the architectural firm under the same law.
  • From the date of registration until the time of submission, a person who received administrative actions such as registration cancellation, vacation, closure, or suspension of business cannot apply for the competition as a representative of the competition.
  • A juror, professional advisor, advisory committee, and operation committee member or a member of his/her company, organization or family cannot enter.
  • A person(firm) cannot apply to the competition in plural teams.


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Cho, Namho

SOLTOZIBIN Architects, Partner

  • B.E. in Architecture, University of Seoul, Korea
  • M.E. in Architecture, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
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Choi, Moongyu

Yonsei University, Professor

  • B.E. in Architecture, Yonsei University, Korea
  • M.E. in Architecture, Yonsei University, Korea
  • M.Arch. Columbia University, U.S.
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Kim, Dongjin

Hongik University, Professor / L’EAU Design, Principal

  • B.E. in Architecture, Hongik University, Korean
  • M.Arch. École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville, France
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Kim, Yongmi

G.S Architects & Associates, Partner

  • B.E. in Architecture, Seoul National University, Korea
  • M.E. in Architecture, Seoul National University, Korea
  • D.E.A., Université Paris Diderot, France
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Min, Hyunsik

Kiohun, Principal / Korean National University of Arts, Emeritus Professor

  • B.E. in Architecture, Seoul National University, Korea
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Hong, John

Seoul National University, Professor

  • M.Arch. Harvard Graduate School of Design, U.S.
  • B.Sc. in Architecture: University of Virginia, U.S.


  • The results will be posted on the competition website after judging is concluded, and winners will be informed. The winning entries and prizes are as follows:
    • First Prize (One entry) : Awarding of Design Contract
    • Second Prize (One entry) : 40,000,000 KRW
    • Third Prize (One entry) : 30,000,000 KRW
    • Fourth Prize (One entry) : 20,000,000 KRW
    • Fifth Prize (One entry) : 10,000,000 KRW
  • The prize money will be inclusive of all fees, including copyright fees and taxes, etc.; the tax laws of the Republic of Korea will be applied.
  • In the case of joint application, the prize money will be awarded to the team representative.
  • The design contract is signed with the selected winner(In the case of joint application, the contract is signed with the team representative), and the winner maintains the right to contract with the promotor.
  • In the event that the selected winner waives their Right of First Offer or ends negotiations, the promoter may award the contract to the next place winner in line. In such case, the next place winner must return the prize money.


  • Competition AnnouncementApr. 12, 2018
  • RegistrationApr. 12, 2018 ~ Apr. 26, 2018 17:00
  • Questions Posted by EntrantApr. 12, 2018 ~ Apr. 27, 2018 17:00
  • Answers to Questions postedMay. 04, 2018
  • Deadline for Submission of EntriesJul. 3, 2018 10:00 ~ 17:00
  • Technical ReviewJul. 9, 2018 ~ Jul. 10, 2018
  • Judging of EntriesJul. 12, 2018 ~Jul. 13, 2018
  • Announcement of WinnersJul. 16, 2018
  • Award CeremonyTBD

* The above times are based on Korean Mean Time and the schedule is subject to change. The notice for change will be posted on the competition website.