American architect Daniel Libeskind, the master planner for the World Trade Center site, has won a design competition to turn the centre of the South Korean capital into an international business district.

Libeskind's firm announced late Tuesday in New York that it had been chosen as master planner for the $20bn project, which will include a cluster of skyscrapers in residential, office and retail neighbourhoods along the Han River. It will also contain cultural and educational facilities and rapid transportation systems.

The site is near the current South Korean headquarters for the U.S. military, which is expected to move to a new base south of Seoul by 2012.

Wall Street Journal