Gwanghoon Kim                       



Skopje's entity, multi-ethnic identity, forms a community with interesting large and small public groups who live their daily lives with various personalities. Their urban development has also created spaces and structures that are unique compared to other countries. All of these characteristics come together and eventually, naturally, they are born as the true identity of Skopje's true identity.

To support Skopje find this true identity, need to design a space where people can gather naturally. This project prioritizes deploying activities that each person is interested in using structures that reflect Skopje. The heterogeneous design structures and their favorite activities can serve as heterospaces, and If everyone can interact comfortably, free from external conflicts, natural interactions between people will continue and they will better understand each other. This can ultimately become a driving force in solving Skopje's problems

The project focuses on designing an observatory on Gradec hill where Zagreb's history began. The observatory has an open-air theatre on the roof to enjoy performances or watch the city of Zagreb.

It aims to encourage people around the world to tour Zagreb and promote the tourism industry in Croatia, and will be a new building form and concept that is sustainable and ecologically valuable in terms of design. For this purpose, as an interesting design point, trees growing along the frame of the exterior of the building will be planted through the grafting system.

After a few years of tree growth, the concept of the project which is returning nature to our city will be completed when removing frames. From then on, visitors and citizens will be able to enjoy the living architecture which interacts with the environment and shows different looks every time and season.

Library has a lot of potential. The idea that a library is just a place to read and study is so outdated, so the design that the space should consist of bookshelves with lots of books and neatly arranged desks and chairs is also wrong. The role of library has historically been to keep collections/books and get information from it, but books are no longer being made only physically as they used to be, but are being digitalized. In other words, it also means that there is no need for huge storage space, and people can access information regardless of places, which eventually leads to less and less people visiting libraries in the future. This is a trend that cannot be ignored and the role and design of libraries must also change in line with this trend.

Library should no longer be a boring and static space where people can't find any interesting except reading. It should provide more contents to visitors and play as a role of community center where people gather together and share each other's culture. Also, it should be a fun place where you can go and play without any reason. If library can attract young people who are not yet familiar with library by creating an interesting space, it can instill them with the joy of going to the library and the library culture. If this happens, they will be able to experience the library's main function which is 'learning' naturally.

If the library can be like a town center where attracts people and suitable place to hang out, we can expect a positive effect of the interesting library not only to the local people, but also many future visitors after the regeneration project of Vauxhall.


The library series are conceptual projects that I worked on to develop my conceptual and design approach to the library before the "VAUXHUB SQUARE" project.

Two projects were carried out on a very contrasting concept to understand the scale of the library and the sequence of users.

I tried to design a more interactive library away from the library's traditional concept which is the space for just reading and studying.

‘Future Agora’ was the project I completed in Stage 2. It began with a brief that focused on what life would be when the need to work becomes redundant.

I investigated human needs, nature, historical facts. I became aware of the importance of bringing people together, spending time as a community and the feeling of a sense of beloinging that comes with it. Using this research and the local features of the site in Rotherhithe, such as the topography, I designed a space that allows users to experience a difference in atmosphere while circulating the building. By creating a building that also serves as landmark the project positively transformed the mostly derelict area.