Gwangju City Main Library

Best Design Project for Library

About the project
The project site for the Gwangju City Main Library is a garbage incineration site at the northern end of the Sangmu cultural complex belt with an image of a neglected, abandoned low-quality industrial district which neither serves the public nor contributes to the expansion of the cultural value and diversity of the district.
The project aims to regenerate the site to create a complex platform for cultural diversity while maintaining the imagery of cylindrical industrial facilities and silos. The cylindrical structures of the soon-to-be-demolished buildings are preserved and gentrified, together with the tower of the heat supply facility and the Sangmu Incinerator, to turn the site into a public interaction spot. The proposed building is a single, rhythmic landmark that manages to form active linkages with all the facilities on the site by generating public spaces and the reserved adjacent sites and the Gwangju stream on the north.

Gwangju, Korea

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Applicant and authors of the project
KAAT, based İstanbul, insists on producing a saturated architectural process in today’s speed-oriented world.
Founded by Lebriz Atan Karaatlı and S. Arda Karaatlı, KAAT Architecture + URBAN produces projects for the private and public sectors. The scale of projects covers everything that is related to generating a better spatial quality.
The office has various awards and practices from national and international competitions and events.
Architects Sacit Arda Karaatlı, Lebriz Atan Karaatlı.