Project name: Forest of Light, Asia Culture Center
Project location: Gwangju, Republic of Korea
Firm name: Kyu Sung Woo Architects
Jury comments: On the site where historic uprisings led to Korean democracy, this beautifully scaled memorial smartly depresses the building to create an expansive urban park. Inside, lovely light-filled spaces house five different cultural agencies. We hope that when completed, the exterior spaces manifest as beautifully and respectfully as their interior counterparts.
Client: Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Republic of Korea
Consultants: Samoo Architects & Engineers; Heerim Architects & Planners; Guy Nordenson and Associates; Kyungiai Structural Engineers; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; Seo-Ahn Total Landscape; Transsolar Klimaengineering; Ambrosino, DePinto & Schmieder; Samoo Mechanical Consultant; LAM Partners; Bitzro; Acentech; Fisher Dachs Associates; Front; S-TECH Consulting Group; Oswald Nagler; Waclaw Zaleski