BORDERS – The Korean DMZ Bathhouse Competition

BORDERS – The Korean DMZ Bathhouse Competition, Far East Architecture Contest

BORDERS – The Korean DMZ Bathhouse Competition

East Asian Architectural Contest – designing at conflict lines between territories

1 Dec 2016

BORDERS – The Korean DMZ Bathhouse Competition

BORDERS – The Korean DMZ Bathhouse Competition

arch out loud is an architectural research initiative that hosts international design competitions.

Their latest architecture competition, BORDERS – The Korean DMZ Bathhouse, focuses on the tension surrounding the North and South Korean border.

BACKGROUND

Borders hold deep meaning, but they are just lines. Throughout history, the definition of territory has remained a fundamental determinant of power. Borders carry immense historical, political, and cultural implications; at the center of conflict, there is delineation; there is drawing lines. Borders are representations in plan view–lines on a map which are not necessarily tied to any physical thing. At most, they materialize in the common form of a wall which seldom traces the entire length of the border it delineates. One notable exception is the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). 

BORDERS - The Korean DMZ Bathhouse Competition

If the traditional border is a line, then the DMZ is a surface. At four (4) kilometers-wide, it is a border territory: a border with its own border; a boundary space; a materialized, geopolitical line separating North and South Korea. It is one of the most heavily militarized and fortified borders in the world, and is representative to the nature of one of the most high-tensioned, ongoing, conflicts in recent history. 

New questions of border continue to arise in contemporary geopolitics as nations grapple with the security of their borders and current global conflicts. So what can one of the longest-running border conflicts reveal about the nature and potential of borders in general? 

CHALLENGE
arch out loud challenges designers to explore the possibility of creating an underground bath house within the Korean Demilitarized Zone which responds to the surrounding geopolitical conditions. New forms of non-military architecture could occupy this border zone and begin to ease the existing tension. The role tourism can play in opening relations across a border begs the question: How does architecture position itself in the middle of this condition of tension?

LOCATION
The proposed site area for the competition is located just west of the third tunnel which receives a high volume of tourist traffic. In addition, the site is located not too far southeast of the Kaesong industrial park. The park is atypical in that it houses a collaborative economic operation between both North and South Korea. The bath house is intended to be used by workers of the industrial park when it resumes operations and visitors of nearby DMZ tours alike. Designers need not fill the entire outlined site area and should feel free to place their proposals anywhere in the given site.

AWARDS

1ST PLACE AWARD

$5,000

+ BORDERS PUBLICATION

RUNNER UP

$1,000

+ BORDERS PUBLICATION

RUNNER UP

$1,000

+ BORDERS PUBLICATION

RUNNER UP

$1,000

+ BORDERS PUBLICATION

RUNNER UP

$1,000

+ BORDERS PUBLICATION

RUNNER UP

$1,000

+ BORDERS PUBLICATION

DIRECTOR’S CHOICE AWARD
(HIGHEST RECOGNIZED PROPOSALS BY ARCH OUT LOUD DIRECTORS)

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT 
+ BORDERS PUBLICATION

10 HONORABLE MENTIONS

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT 
+ BORDERS PUBLICATION

arch out loud architecture competition

JURY

STAN ALLEN
STAN ALLEN ARCHITECTS
FOUNDER, PRINCIPAL
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
PAST DEAN, PROFESSOR

MINSUK CHO
MASS STUDIES
FOUNDER, PRINCIPAL

NICHOLAS BONNER
KORYO STUDIO AND KORYO TOURS
FOUNDER

MOON HOON
MOON HOON ARCHITECTS 
FOUNDER, PRINCIPAL

KRISTY BALLIET
BALLIET STUDIO
PRINCIPAL
2016 VENICE BIENNALE   SCI ARC   KNOWLTON SCHOOL
EXHIBITION & FACULTY

YEHRE SUH
TERRAINS LAB
DIRECTOR
OFFICE OF URBAN TERRAINS
PRINCIPAL

JING LIU
SO-IL
FOUNDER, PARTNER

ANNA NEIMARK
FIRST OFFICE
PRINCIPAL
SCI ARCH
FACULTY

LOLA SHEPPARD
LATERAL OFFICE 
FOUNDER, PARTNER

SEUNGHYUN KANG
SO-IL
LEAD ASSOCIATE

ADDITIONAL JURY TO BE ANNOUNCED

SCHEDULE

NOV 20TH, 2016      Advance registration opens
DEC 18TH, 2016      Advanced registration closes
DEC 19TH, 2016      Early registration opens
JAN 17TH, 2017        Early registration closes
JAN 18TH, 2017       Regular registration opens
FEB 16TH, 2017       Registration deadline
FEB 17TH, 2017        Submission deadline
MAR 14TH, 2017      Winners Announced

MATERIALS

AVAILABLE MATERIALS

Competition Brief
3D Model – Site Context
2D CAD File – Site Context
REGISTERED TEAM MATERIALS

Site Area Photos Portfolio
3D Model – Expanded Site Context
2D CAD File – Expanded Site Context

*arch out loud provides free material that can be viewed before registration. After completing the registration process each team will receive an expanded set of materials in the official registration package.

Full competition details: www.archoutloud.com/borders

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