B.Arch. Student Wins $10K Design Competition

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October 21, 2013

Resonance of Light, a project by Hyemin Jang (B.Arch. ’16) and Sunggi Park, a student at Harvard GSD, was recently awarded first prize in the Mapo Oil Reserve Base Competition, which challenged student and professional participants to repurpose the Mapo Oil Reserve Base in Sangam, Seoul, South Korea. Jang and Park were awarded a $10,000 prize.

“This is phenomenal,” says Andrea Simitch, associate professor and director of the Bachelor of Architecture program. “For a third year B.Arch. student to win this type of prize is very impressive!”

Originally designed to house oil reserves for the military, the site’s oil stockpile was moved in November 2000 when the 2002 World Cup stadium was built. The area has remained closed for more than 10 years while community leaders explored how to regenerate and reuse the land. Jang and Park’s project transforms the Mapo oil tanks, which are buried under a parking lot, into a multifunctional space where public programs can be held, while simultaneously keeping the surrounding natural environment as untouched as possible.

Jang traveled to Seoul to receive the award in early October.

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