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Look Inside a Collection of Seoul-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin and Felix Nybergh

04:00 - 18 April, 2017
Look Inside a Collection of Seoul-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin and Felix Nybergh, UnSangDong Architects. Image © Marc Goodwin / Felix Nybergh
UnSangDong Architects. Image © Marc Goodwin / Felix Nybergh

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin, in cooperation with Felix Nybergh, has recently completed the fourth collection of his "ultra-marathon of photoshoots" – this time in Seoul. Following Goodwin's unique insight into the spaces occupied by Nordic architectural offices (based in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki), his look at studios both large and small lived in by London-based practices, and his lens on a collection of Beijing-based studios, he and Nybergh have now turned their attention to the rich architectural scene of the South Korean capital.

This Underground Bathhouse on the Korean Border Questions Architecture's Role in Geopolitical Tension

09:30 - 8 April, 2017
This Underground Bathhouse on the Korean Border Questions Architecture's Role in Geopolitical Tension, Courtesy of Studio M.R.D.O.
Courtesy of Studio M.R.D.O.

Since 1953, the 160-mile (260 kilometer) strip of land along the Korean Peninsula's 38th parallel has served as a Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. The DMZ is more than a border; it's a heavily guarded, nearly four-mile-wide (6 kilometer) buffer zone between the two countries. Each military stays behind its own country's edge of the zone, perpetually awaiting potential conflict, and access to the interior of the zone itself is unyieldingly limited. Apart from the landmines and patrolling troops, the interior of the DMZ also holds thriving natural ecosystems that have been the subject of studies on what happens when wildlife is allowed to flourish in the absence of human contact.

Seoul's Lotte World Tower Completes as World's 5th Tallest Building

14:00 - 5 April, 2017
Seoul's Lotte World Tower Completes as World's 5th Tallest Building, © CTBUH
© CTBUH

KPF’s Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea is officially complete, according to criteria established by the the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). At 555 meters tall, the building becomes the tallest building in Korea (250 meters taller than the previous tallest building, Northeast Asia Trade Tower) and the world’s new 5th tallest building.

Korean Demilitarized Zone Underground Bathhouse Competition Winners Announced

12:00 - 2 April, 2017
Korean Demilitarized Zone Underground Bathhouse Competition Winners Announced, Courtesy of arch out loud
Courtesy of arch out loud

Architectural research initiative arch out loud has announced the winners of its DMZ Underground Bathhouse international open ideas competition. The brief challenged participants to create an underground bathhouse within the Korean Demilitarized Zone, responding to long-running geopolitical tensions between North and South Korea. Ultimately, nearly 300 proposals and 900 participants explored how architecture could position itself in the middle of these turbulent conditions, seeking out new forms of non-military architecture to improve relations between the two states.

5 Zaha Hadid Buildings Seen From Above

08:00 - 31 March, 2017
5 Zaha Hadid Buildings Seen From Above, Galaxy Soho en Beijing, China. Image © Deimos Imaging
Galaxy Soho en Beijing, China. Image © Deimos Imaging

This week marks the first anniversary of the death of Zaha Hadid, the most successful and influential female architect in the architectural discipline. Born in Baghdad (Iraq) in 1950, Hadid became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize in 2004, and twelve years later received the gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

A Blend of Past and Future - KCAP's Competition-Winning District for Seoul

16:00 - 11 March, 2017
A Blend of Past and Future - KCAP's Competition-Winning District for Seoul, The scheme's massing responds to the rhythm of surrounding streets. Image Courtesy of KCAP
The scheme's massing responds to the rhythm of surrounding streets. Image Courtesy of KCAP

Rotterdam-based KCAP Architects and Planners have won an international competition to regenerate the ‘Sewoon District 4’ area in the South Korean capital of Seoul. KCAP’s proposal, chosen amongst eight finalists, will see the development of a sustainable mixed use scheme blending future adaptability with respect for cultural heritage.

10 Traditional Festivals Around the World: A Good Excuse to See New Architecture

09:30 - 13 January, 2017
10 Traditional Festivals Around the World: A Good Excuse to See New Architecture, By Yann Caradec from Paris, France [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Yann Caradec from Paris, France [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We experience our cities daily through ordinary acts, whether it’s commuting, looking for a quiet place, having lunch downtown, or even exercising. However, one of the most exceptional ways to experience the different roles of a city's urban space is through traditional festivals, rooted in local cultures presented through different clothing, culinary arts, dances and other arts.

The Results Are In: 2016 Is a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings

08:00 - 13 January, 2017
The Results Are In: 2016 Is a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings, Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image Courtesy of K11 New World Development
Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image Courtesy of K11 New World Development

In its annual report, the 2016 Tall Building Year in Review, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced that 2016 saw the completion of a record 128 buildings 200 meters or higher. This number surpasses the previous record of 114 completions set in 2015. Eighteen of these buildings became the tallest in their city, country, or region, and ten earned the designation of supertall, at 300 meters and above.

Daniel Valle Architects Unveils Winning Kindergarten Design for Seoul

12:00 - 10 January, 2017
Daniel Valle Architects Unveils Winning Kindergarten Design for Seoul, Courtesy of Daniel Valle Architects
Courtesy of Daniel Valle Architects

Daniel Valle Architects has been awarded first prize in the public competition to design a kindergarten and senior welfare center in Seoul, South Korea, with its project, Maebong Daycare Center.

Office OU Designs New National Museum Complex Master Plan in South Korea

16:00 - 10 December, 2016
Office OU Designs New National Museum Complex Master Plan in South Korea, Courtesy of  Office OU
Courtesy of Office OU

Chosen from 81 entries, Toronto-based design firm Office OU has been announced as the winner of South Korea's International Competition for the National Museum Complex Master Plan of the New Administrative City (Sejong City). As a proposed self-sustaining city of 500,000 people, Sejong City will serve as South Korea's administrative city, transferring multiple national government functions from Seoul. The Museum Gardens will amplify the cultural landscape of South Korea's new metropolis. 

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