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Daegu Gosan Public Library - 1st Place Entry by Gorka Blas
Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 |

We're very excited to finally also publish the winner of the first place in the Korean Daegu Gosan Public Library competition (previously on Bustler). As sole member of the team Gorka Blas, Spanish architect Gorka Blas Revilla took home the top honor with an ultra-minimalist cube and its careful integration in the urban context.

Exterior rendering of the competition-winning design by Gorka Blas (Image: Gorka Blas)

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Exterior rendering of the competition-winning design by Gorka Blas (Image: Gorka Blas)

Project Description from Gorka Blas Revilla:

This proposal conceives the library as a cultural and social space for the local community. For this purpose the project focuses in obtaining a functional, attractive and confortable facility that constitutes an essential element for neighborhood´s everyday life.

In order to achieve this objective, the project translates the scale of the domestic space to a public facility, without lack of its public dimension.

Interior rendering (Image: Gorka Blas)

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Interior rendering (Image: Gorka Blas)

The surrounding urban grid is composed by small residential buildings. The new library is planned to have a direct relationship with the environment in terms of scale, to be understood as a service for the community.

Interior rendering (Image: Gorka Blas)

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Interior rendering (Image: Gorka Blas)

The total volume of the building is divided into eight parts, similar to the surrounding buildings scale. The modular volumes are raised from the ground level and the resulting parts are conceived as different rooms, although the space of the library is continuous and the plan is free.

Exterior rendering (Image: Gorka Blas)

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Exterior rendering (Image: Gorka Blas)

The grouped volumes make the library spatially diverse and the scale of the library zones smaller. They also provide the rooms with different amount of light.

Interior rendering (Image: Gorka Blas)

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Interior rendering (Image: Gorka Blas)

The cultural and educational facilities are located in the upper floors, directly accessible from the main entrance. The office is located under the library so it is completely functional and private.

Exterior rendering (Image: Gorka Blas)

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Exterior rendering (Image: Gorka Blas)

The library is located in a public space surrounded by trees, so the building is placed in the center of the site in order to prevent the trees from being cut and to preserve the character of the existing public space.

Interior rendering (Image: Gorka Blas)

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Interior rendering (Image: Gorka Blas)

Project Details:

Project Title: Daegu Gosan Public Library
Location: Daegu, South Korea
Award: 1st prize
Architect: Gorka Blas
Project Team: Gorka Blas Revilla (individual)

Find also drawings of the winning scheme in the image gallery below.

Location plan (Image: Gorka Blas) Site plan (Image: Gorka Blas) Floor plans (Image: Gorka Blas) Sections AA & BB (Image: Gorka Blas) Section DD (Image: Gorka Blas) Elevations (Image: Gorka Blas) Main scheme (Image: Gorka Blas) Composition scheme (Image: Gorka Blas) Program (Image: Gorka Blas)


Comments:
Tony Soprano
Friday, October 26, 2012
What a disappointing pick of a winner. Seriously, they could have just saved themselves time and hired Richard Meier.

Blablablas
Friday, October 26, 2012
You have got to be joking!

The uia puts its credibility on the line endorsing competitions like this!

Please someone prove me wrong!

1-engine
United States
Friday, October 26, 2012
I really tried hard to prove myself wrong in my first reaction and find something interesting in this project, but no luck so far......
I was actually planning to enter this competition and went through whole program. This project does not even meet their requirements. Looks like 1st year students work. No though given to space, some BS statement about relation to surrounding which makes no sense.

JS
Los Angeles
Friday, October 26, 2012
This is less of a criticism of the individual who designed this, but a criticism and "shame on you" to whoever judged and selected it....
That being said, this wouldn't even do well in a first year review. "Ultra Minimalism"?? ...so you're taking ideas from a movement in the mid 20th century...
Does this move us forward as a profession? Maybe car manufacturers should just re-release their old models?

dt
n/a
Friday, October 26, 2012
intelligent, inventive, poetic

pb
switzerland
Friday, October 26, 2012
Wow! I like this. I would like to study in a library like this! Have you ever studied anywhere, guys?

mich
uk
Saturday, October 27, 2012
it´s nice... not expensive, buildable.. some people here think architecture is designing space crafts.. hehe

vlad
bucharest
Saturday, October 27, 2012
i like this. dont know if it responds well to the program but i think a simple volume like that will look good with the trees. also jaja architects' 3rd place is a good one. look it up.

LRPARQ
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Rational, Minimalist and Sensitive... SANAA lessons

cheyneo
ny
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I really like how the ground plane slips under the inverted building mass.

Rachel
Sunday, October 28, 2012
To the poster "horrified", I am horrified by the proposals you linked us which you thought were better than the winner. You must be one of the people mich is talking about: someone who things architecture is designing spacecrafts. Where is the rationality in the other proposals? They just generated a design in Rhino, put in some windows, submit.

The winning entry is rational, simple, inexpensive, and interesting enough to become a local icon that will not be hogging all the attention from the rest of the city. This project was not meant for Zaha or architecture students who only know how to render, with no clue about designing reasonable useable spaces.

JS
Los Angeles
Monday, October 29, 2012
How does one even defend this from a modernist standpoint? Modernism was a movement predicated on the removal of excess, not a retreat behind painting it white. You could say Richard Meier did that, but the key to his architecture and that of Mies was in the details and alignment of elements, forming a composition. This project might hide behind that stigma, but its just no longer relevant in a contemporary design discussion. Are we still trying to alleviate the amount of labor for the factory worker in a post-war scenario? Are steel and glass new inventions that are paving the way for the new piloti grid? The notion that we should conform to these dated rules actually go against the progressive intentions of the modernist movement (back when it started).

anbon
Fringe
Monday, November 05, 2012
It actually wouldn't be cheaper to build. Everything is floating or spanning huge distances. There are huge panes of glass without mullions and a super white seamless facade. Nothing cheap about that. You could build this cheaply but it certainly wouldn't look like any of these images.
'Modernism' / 'Minimalism' always gets mistaken for being cheaper. Mies' buildings where some of the most lavish and expensive per sqm of any of their type. But you could justify them given the quality of the architecture.
However this entry does nothing that a Mies building does. Not only does it lack any sense of an idea, its not even architecture. Its requires some skill to execute a 'minimal' building, its not just a case of leaving things out. Especially when these things defy the laws of physics.
Worst judged competition of all time.

JS
Los Angeles
Saturday, November 10, 2012
good point, well said.

Rachel
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Are you kidding? It is still far cheaper to build than the morphing blob forms other people submitted, which also span extremely long distances with no mullions. Thankfully the winner is at least rectilinear, which will cut costs greatly. You can criticize it for being inefficient in some aspects, but all other designs are guilty of these inefficiencies too. Thing is the other designs lack any efficiency whatsoever, while the winning scheme has at least some merits in its simplicity.

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