City Main Library Gwangju
Time | 2020
Location | Gwangju, South Korea
Status | Concept Design
Program | Public Library and Industrial Renovation
Client | Gwangju Metropolitan City
The project for the New City Main Library is the first phase of the project named “Regenerating Sangmu incinerator”. The site for the New City Main Library is located in Sangmu district, a representative new downtown in Gwangju Metropolitan City. This district is characterized by large-scale housing complexes and commercial facilities, including administrative and financial organizations. The site hosts the Sangmu incinerator that was constructed in 2001 and is no more operative from 2016, after several claims from local residents. The Incinerator currently consists of a factory building to be preserved and regenerated, the administrative building and the welfare building, both of them scheduled to be demolished and a heat supply to be relocated. The first phase of the projects, proposes a new design proposal for a public Library combined with community sports facilities. This design proposal is developed to create a new Milestone, symbol of culture, social integration and innovation. The design proposal rethinks the role of the library in contemporary society and the relation of digital media with analogue materials, and the way their integration can offer new opportunities to promote culture.