Project Outline
  • Client : Korea Racing Authority (KRA)
  • Location : Seongcheon-ri & Daemi-ri, Geumho-eup and Daepyeong-ri, Cheongtong-myeon area of Yeongcheon-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea
  • Site Area : 1,474,883㎡
  • Estimated Construction Cost : KRW 260 billion(inc. VAT)
  • Estimated Design Fee : KRW 11,023,650,000(inc. VAT)
  • Duration of Design : 15 months after the design contract
Competition Outline
  • This competition is an open international competition for all professionals.
  • This competition is a one stage project competition.
  • This competition is approved by UIA(International Union of Architects) and follows UNESCO-UIA Competition Regulations.


Concept of Development
The development concept of the theme park is "Unplugged Horse Utopia", which utilizes the KRA's identity, the horse. Entrants are encouraged to incorporate this into the design.
The concept for "Unplugged Horse Utopia" is as follows
  • A theme park which makes horses happy and in which people can experience relaxation and healing by spending time with these horses
  • A nature-friendly theme park with horse and man in harmony
  • A theme park where one can experience a new world unlike everyday life
  • A theme park in which horse culture merges with Yeongcheon's local culture to captivate people from all over the world
Design Objectives and Evaluation Criteria
  • Design a theme park about horses that provides a consistent story and blends horses, nature, and the local history and culture.
  • Design the racecourse to be one of the theme park's various attractions, setting it apart from other racecourses in Korea.
  • The theme park should be able to operate on profit from the theme park alone, not including profits from the races. Design the theme park so that profit and public interest are complementary.
  • Design unique and creative contents to make this a one-of-a-kind global theme park about horses.



Dellis, Michael

Partner, PWP Landscape Architecture
Michael Dellis is a design partner at PWP. For more than 10 years Michael has been focusing on much of the firm's complex international work in the Middle East and Asia. He worked extensively on the National September 11th Memorial in New York, as well as on Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore, the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, and Barangaroo in Sydney. Michael has experience with a broad range project types and scales, including the design of civic spaces, campus master plans, corporate headquarters, national parks, and reclaimed industrial sites. Michael received a Bachelor of Sciences in Landscape Architecture with Honors from Cornell University with a concentration in Art and Art History.

Hahn, Jong-Ruhl

Chair, Korea Institute of Architect
Jong-Ruhl Hahn received Bachelor of Architecture degree from Seoul National University and Master of Architecture degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. He worked for James Stewart Polshek and Partners in New York as well as Kohn Pedersen Fox in New York on various cultural and commercial projects design. He joined Samoo Architects and Engineers in 1993 and designed numerous cultural projects including Daegu Operahouse, Kumho Asiana Headquarter building, Myungdong drama theater and Buk Seoul Museum of Art. As a responsible architect, he served for the society as various roll such as Vice President of Cultural Space Institute, invited architect for 2012 Venice Biennale, speaker at SBS Digital Forum, council member of Union of International Architects. He now serves as the President of Korean Institute of Architects as well as President of Congress for 2017 UIA Seoul.

Johnson, Chris

Regional Managing Principal, Gensler UK
As Managing Principal and Creative Director for Gensler’s EMEA Region, Chris combines his international business insight with exceptional design talent. An award-winning architect, he is the creative force behind a number of our firm’s landmark architectural and planning projects. Chris has served on the Gensler Board of Directors and currently serves on the Management Committee as a Global Design Leader. A frequent speaker at forums and conferences, Chris also participates on design awards juries worldwide. He holds a B.A. (Hons) in Architecture and a Diploma in Architecture from Birmingham School of Architecture, U.K.

Kim, Seunghwan

Managing Advisor, Eontime Group
Seunghwan Kim received Bachelor and Master of Economics degree from Sogang University. As Chief Marketing Manager at Lotte World, he had been leading person for establishment and implementation of the management plan of Lotte World theme park. For more than 20 years, he worked extensively on various projects including Lotte World foundation project in 1985 and Lotte World renewal project in 2006. Mr. Kim was Culture & Tourism Managing Principal at Eontime Group in China from 2013 to 2015. He worked in a theme park and multi-purpose commercial complex projects in Harbin, Hohhot, and Yinchuan. Currently, he is Managing Advisor at Eontime Group advising on various issues of the company.

Rotzler, Stefan

Partner, Rotzler Krebs Partner Landschaftsarchitekten(UIA representative)
Stefan Rotzler (born 1953) studied history of arts and landscape architecture in Switzerland. Since 1982 he has his own practice in landscape architecture with projects in urban space, sports facilities, housing, schools, green infrastructure realized all over Europe. He was assistant professor at ETH- Zürich, HSR- Rapperswil and ZHAW- Winterthur. He works as a national and international consultant for urban development, public spaces and parks (with regular mandates in Germany, Austria, Switzerland). In 1999 he won a Gold medal for the Swiss Garden at 99' International Horticultural Exhibition Kunming (PR China). Stefan Rotzler publishes regularly.

Sanin, Francisco

Professor, Syracuse University
Franscisco Sanin is a professor at Syracuse university, director of the Syracuse Architecture Program in London. He has taught at the Architectural Association, Kingston University, Greenwich University, and Princeton University. He also taught in Colombia, Korea, Venezuela as a visiting professor. Main projects and competitions include winning entrance for Un'idea per le Murate in Florence, Hainsa Monastery in Korea, New Capital City in Korea. He Designed the Korean pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2014, also designed the Gwangju Biennale in 2011 and in 2011. He was Curator and designer of the Medellin Pavilion in the World Urban Forum 7. Urban plan studies include a plan for Qianmen and Pingdu in China, a research for the transformation of the area around the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Currently, He is working on an urban plan study in Medellin Colombia, a new school in Vigia del Fuerte, Colombia and the new 104 Village project in Seoul.
Deputy Juror

Yoon, EunKey

Chair of Korean Association of Business Cooperation
EunKey Yoon graduated from the department of psychology at Korea university, through the MBA at Yonsei university, he was granted a doctorate degree of Business Administration at Inha university. He is vigorously acting for expansion of collaboration culture in Korea, as a chairman of Korea Collaboration Association. At the moment, he is in charge of the chairman of Daehanmingook Baekgang Forum, a chair professor of a Seoul School of Integrated Science & Technologies (aSSIST) and a chairman of public relations of Korean Olympic Committee, moreover, he continues with a variety of activities. He was head of Central Officials Training Institute, president of a Seoul School of Integrated Sciences & Technologies (aSSIST), the chairman of global citizenship committee of Presidential Council on Nation Branding and an honorary professor of the Joint Forces Military University. As the pioneer of 'Time Tech Theory', proactively presenting keywords of the era in advance, the scope of his activities is widely extended to the academic circles, financial fields, government official circles, journalism, cultural arts sectors and civil organization. Having been in charge of the representative consultant of the united consulting group, he has been also given warm reception from the wide range of audiences for more than 10 years' activities at radio and TV stations of KBS, MBC and MBN. He is the author of 'Create with Collaboration' and 'Time Technology of Fast and Slow', and some 20 more works. He was awarded the 'Red Stripes Order of Service Merit' from the Korean Government in 2009, Korea HRD Award 'BEST CHO' in 2011 and Korea HRD Award 'Best HRD Award' in 2012 from Korean Human Resource Development Association.

Kim, Sung Hong

Professor, The University of Seoul
KIM Sung Hong is a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of Seoul. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington in 2006, and Provost of Planning and Research Office at the University of Seoul from 2007 to 2008. Between 2007 and 2010 he organized an exhibition entitled “Megacity Network: Contemporary Korean Architecture” and brought it to DAM in Frankfurt, DAZ in Berlin, MEA in Tallinn, the Espai Picasso(eP) in Barcelona, and MMCA in Korea. He has authored research papers and essays about contemporary Korean architecture and urbanism including ‘Future Asian Space: Projecting the Urban Space of New East Asia’ (2012), ‘Street Corner Architecture’ (2011), ‘On Asian Streets and Public Space’ (2010), ‘New Imagination of Urban Architecture’ (2009), ‘Megacity Network: Contemporary Korean Architecture’ (2007). Prof. Kim was a Field Editor for the Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering (JAABE) from 2010 to 2012, and is currently a Chief Editor for SPACE Academia. He contributed columns on architecture and urbanism to the Korea JoongAng Daily from 2011 to 2013. He was a jurist for the “International Competition for the Master Plan of Yongsan National Park, Korea” in 2012, and for the “International Competition for the Sejongdaero Historic Cultural Space in Seoul” in 2015. He is the Art Director & Curator of the Korean Pavilion for the Architecture Exhibition , Venice Biennale in 2016.


Selection of Winners
The winning entries and prizes are as follows:
  • First Prize : Design contract
  • Second Prize(One entry) : KRW 40 million
  • Third Prize(One entry) : KRW 20 million
  • Honorable Mention(Eight entries) : KRW 5 million each
All winners except the First Prize winner will receive an additional KRW 10 million to cover production costs.


Submission Deadline 2016. 2. 15. 17:00
registration closed
(Korea Standard Time)
Competition Schedule
  • AnnouncementNovember 09, 2015
  • RegistrationNovember 09, 2015 ~ December 23, 2015, 17:00
  • Posting QuestionsNovember 09, 2015 ~ December 04, 2015, 17:00
  • AnswersDecember 14, 2015
  • Submission DeadlineFebruary 15, 2016, 17:00
  • Technical ReviewFebruary 22, 2016 ~ February 23, 2016
  • Jury SessionFebruary 24, 2016 ~ February 26, 2016
  • Announcement of WinnersFebruary 29, 2016
  • Award Ceremony and ExhibitionMarch 18, 2016 ~ March 31, 2016
The above times are Korean local time. The schedule is subject to change. Notices of any changes will be posted on the competition website and e-mailed to all entrants.