The jury members were impressed with the large number of highly qualified entries to this important competition process. The competition received dozens and dozens of professional teams competing from around the world. Among these, the jury reached consensus on ten shortlisted projects. Each of those ten shortlisted projects presented laudable characteristics for the commemoration of this challenging historical subject matter. Each of the ten finalist projects presented a distinct architectural idea for the experience of the Memorial Park. They were equally diverse in terms of their approach to the landscape design and site planning. The jury members evaluated these ten projects based on the review of their design competition submission, video presentations, and technical review report.
Based on that information the jury quickly reached consensus on an extraordinarily strong group of three projects. These three projects (ranked first, second, and third) each represent a significant approach to a complex site and program. While each of these three would be deserving of realization, one among them was identified as uniquely suited to the cultural meaning, collective memory, and contemporary significance of the Memorial Park. While the anonymity of each of the project teams was maintained throughout the review process and jury deliberations, it is perhaps no surprise that all of the top three projects were authored by Korean designers. In retrospect it is clear that each of these three projects understood both the significance of this Memorial Park and the difficult histories that it commemorates. It is equally clear that each of the top three projects reflect a deep knowledge of the site and situation of the project, and how that site might be elevated through architectural and landscape interventions of the highest caliber.
1st Prize : PIN: U11 (Registration No.: MP132)
The project establishes a very interesting balance between building and landscape. It constructs the site as a narrative landscape where the building operates as a medium to understand the value and collective memory of the site. While it recognizes the responsibility of the site in terms of gravity and loss, it also proposes an optimistic view to the future.
2nd Prize : PIN: H67 (Registration No.: MP342)
The interior space of this project is quite powerful and conveys a sense of monumentality that invites reflection and represents the sense of loss of lives that took place on the site. The length of the building allows for multiple experiences and relations to the content of the memorial in strong and suggestive ways.
3rd Prize : PIN: A45 (Registration No.: MP115)
A strong presence in the landscape is established with the linear path of “mourning pillars” as a collection they define a narrative path through the site’s connecting the different mass graves sites with the new landscape. Each pilar has its unique identity and is the site for private meditation this balance of the collective path and the individual scale is particularly interesting in this project.
4th Prize (shared 3X) : PIN: I01 (Registration No.: MP204)
This project is remarkable in its simplicity and capacity to create a landscape for collective celebration and reflection. A simple articulation of volumes establishes a clear contrast with the large meadow, while the roof terrace creates both a place of contemplation and gathering.
PIN: E83 (Registration No.: MP397)
A very clear and precise idea with the buildings that connect both sides of the creek. A sort of suspension in time and space a place to remember and observe. The strong language of the bridge-buildings gives a sense of timelessness to them and to the site.
PIN: A63 (Registration No.: MP413)
The notion is of the site as a tree monument. A permanent nursery of trees is very compelling. It alludes to the constant regeneration of life and memory. The water surface punctuated with openings that bring light to the different parts of the project is a strong idea.
The chairman of the Jury