‘Citizens offices’, the hubs of communication, culture, exhibition, and community planned and participated with initiative by Seoul citizens, will be additionally opened throughout the region.
Seoul will build ‘Local Citizens Offices’ by region in addition to the underground ‘Citizens Office (central area, built on January, 2013)’ of the new office building in order to complement the lack of cultural facilities and enhance access for citizens.
Four more will be built following the Samgaksan Citizens Office (northeast area) that opened in April 2018. Seongbuk-gu (northeast area), Songpa-gu (southeast area), Gangseo-gu (southwest area) and Geumcheon-gu (Southwest) have completed selection of the sites. This will increase the number of Citizens Offices in Seoul to six in total.
Each site was selected after receiving the recommendation for the best site for Citizens Office by each autonomous district and passing the review and field survey for a month by the selection advisory group consisting of citizen representatives and experts.
The four building sites for new Citizens Offices will be ① Northeast ‘Seongbuk-gu Hawolgok-dong residential parking lot site’ ② Southeast ‘Songpa-gu Munjeong Culture Valley site’, ③ Southwest ‘Gangseo-gu Magok district site’ ④Southwest ‘site for the School for All in Geumcheon-gu.’
The size, budget, space composition, and construction period of the Citizens Office in each region will be finalized through the research service for the feasibility study. The city plans to proceed with the research service in March next year and complete it by August. Based on the results of the service, a basic composition plan will be established to meet the condition of each site. After this, the project will be carried out in earnest after undergoing the investment review and budget reflection.
The city creates local community shared spaces that harmonize with the unique concepts of the Citizens Offices while reflecting the characteristics and needs of the region as much as possible when composing the space. In addition, it plans to collect local opinions and create a community-specific model participated by citizens.