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Art & Architecture: Korean Artist Jazoo Yang Covers a House Set for Demolition With Her Thumbprints

08:00 - 24 March, 2016
Art & Architecture: Korean Artist Jazoo Yang Covers a House Set for Demolition With Her Thumbprints, © Young-moon Ha
© Young-moon Ha

A few months ago, Korean artist Jazoo Yang completed her most recent piece, titled “Dots: Motgol 66.” The work covered a home set for demolition in the small Korean village of Motgol, Busan with Yang’s thumbprint. Working from October 9th to 29th, for 4-5 hours a day, 3 days a week, “Motgol 66” was the first time Yang was able to realize her project goal, with two previous incidents of homes being demolished early.

NOW and Grimshaw to Design South Korean Horseracing Track

17:00 - 7 March, 2016
NOW and Grimshaw to Design South Korean Horseracing Track, © Grimshaw
© Grimshaw

NOW Architects and Grimshaw have been selected to design "LetsRun Park" - a new home for horseracing in the South Korean city of Yeongcheon. Selected through an international competition by the Korea Racing Authority and International Union of Architects, the team's masterplan calls for new racecourse and equine-themed family park on the 148 hectare site. 

Winners Announced in Competition to Design Cultural Square in Seoul

06:00 - 23 October, 2015
Winners Announced in Competition to Design Cultural Square in Seoul, Seoul Chronicle. Image Courtesy of Sejongdaero Competition
Seoul Chronicle. Image Courtesy of Sejongdaero Competition

The winners of the Sejongdaero Competition to masterplan the former National Tax Service building site in SeoulKorea have been announced. The competition called for entries that not only addressed the site, but also the underground area of Sejongdaero and the old city area of Seoul. The jury was looking specifically for entries that addressed the many layers of culture and history in the area, promoting a new vision for the future.

Christian de Portzamparc’s House of Dior in Seoul Mirrors Ethereal Clothing Designs

06:00 - 31 August, 2015
Christian de Portzamparc’s House of Dior in Seoul Mirrors Ethereal Clothing Designs, via Dior
via Dior

Architect Christian de Portzamparc has completed construction on the new House of Dior in Seoul, South Korea. The building, which houses designs by Christian Dior, is based off of watercolor paintings and the concept of experimentation with light and shadows.

Open Call: Competition to Re-Structure Seoul's Seunsangga Citywalk

19:00 - 28 February, 2015
Open Call: Competition to Re-Structure Seoul's Seunsangga Citywalk, The Site
The Site

The objective of the "Re-Structuring Seunsangga Citywalk" competition in Seoul is to renovate the deck and nearby public space of Seunsangga Complex to improve the pedestrian environment and connect with surrounding areas of various nature and thereby re-establish a pedestrian axis from north to south through Bukaksan Mountain, Jongmyo~Seunsangga Complex, and Namsan Mountain. Not only is Seunsangga Complex Seoul's "urban-architectural heritage," it is a compound of history, culture and industry that connects the surrounding area and various activities.

Studio Origin Represents Seoul in the UIA 2014 World Congress

01:00 - 22 November, 2014
Studio Origin Represents Seoul in the UIA 2014 World Congress, Interior View. Image © Studio Origin
Interior View. Image © Studio Origin

This year’s UIA World Congress was held in Durban, South Africa, and saw the participation of many well-respected firms. Representing South Korea were Kang Jun Lee and Yung A Kim of Studio Origin, whose pavilion highlighted the city of Seoul. Meant to herald the city as the host for the 2017 World Congress, their carefully arranged design offers space for a number of different promotional displays. See the details on this unique structure, after the break.

KPF's Lotte World Tower Jeopardized by Mysterious Sinkholes

00:00 - 11 August, 2014
KPF's Lotte World Tower Jeopardized by Mysterious Sinkholes, Courtesy of DBOX Branding & Creative for KPF
Courtesy of DBOX Branding & Creative for KPF

Construction is well underway for KPF's Lotte World Tower in Seoul, however the mysterious appearance of sinkholes in the surrounding area - as reported by CNN - has brought on a slew of safety concerns. Authorities have been unable to determine the cause of the sinkholes which have appeared in a number of locations around Seoul's Songpa District, although they have ruled out sewerage as a possibility. To learn more about the bizarre phenomenon putting the 123-story tower under scrutiny, click here.

Olson Kundig Designs Rooftop Play Space in South Korea

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
Olson Kundig Designs Rooftop Play Space in South Korea, © Olson Kundig Architects
© Olson Kundig Architects

In collaboration with client Shinsegae, Olson Kundig Architects has designed a 20,000 square foot roof garden in Uijeongbu, South Korea.  Sitting atop the ninth floor of a twelve story department store, the park acts as a playground for children and a cultural center for the community.  The project follows a rising trend: placing green spaces on top of buildings in urban areas to create safe and secluded public places.  This particular garden uses entirely native species and incorporates sculptures by the artist Do-Ho Suh.

Tree-Like Skyscraper Takes Urban Farming to Next Level

00:00 - 13 July, 2014
Tree-Like Skyscraper Takes Urban Farming to Next Level, Courtesy of Aprilli Design Studio
Courtesy of Aprilli Design Studio

Urban farming is nothing new, but Aprilli Design Studio's proposal for a completely open-air skyscraper does put a novel spin on the sustainable ideal. Instead of tacking greenery onto roofs and balconies, they incorporate agriculture into cities by dedicating entire buildings to the cause. To learn more about the tree-like design, check out Fast Company's article here.

Dalseong Citizen’s Gymnasium International Competition

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
Dalseong Citizen’s Gymnasium International Competition

The Daegu Architectural Culture Confederation (DACC) recently announced an international ideas competition to design the new gymnasium complex for the city of Dalseong, South Korea. 

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