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Blurring Boundary / UTAA

  • Architects: UTAA
  • Location: Dongdaemungu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team: Kim Chang-gyun, Choi Byung-yong, Jang Geun-yong
  • Area: 90.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jin Hyo-suk, Kim Yong-soon

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Shesmedi Hospital / Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim

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© Youngchae Park
  • Architects: Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim
  • Location: Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Young Lim, Sun Kim
  • Design Team: Sung-ho Kim, Jung-ho Choi, Jeong-tae Kim, Hye-kyung Ko, Jung-woo Oh
  • Area: 1249.88 sqm
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

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H&M Seoul Hongdae Store / Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim

  • Architects: Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim
  • Location: Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Young Lim, Sun Kim
  • Design Team: Jea-Ok Kim, Ji-sun Park, Jung-ho Choi, Jeong-tae Kim
  • Area: 271.53 sqm
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

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Stardom Entertainment Office / Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim

  • Architects: Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Young Lim, Sun Kim
  • Design Team: Jea-Ok Kim, Kyung-min Jang, Jeong-tae Kim
  • Area: 548.8 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

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Sejong Art Center 2nd Prize Winning Proposal / Tomoon Architects & Engineers + Ison Architects

Designed by Tomoon Architects & Engineers, in collaboration with Ison Architects, their second prize winning proposal for the Sejong Art Center is a cultural center for opera, music, dance, drama, art exhibitions, cinema, and all types of formal and informal performances. With a total program area of approx. 11,000 square meters, the architects proposed that all of the program elements be brought together into a single mass made as compact as possible, maximizing functionality and efficiency, while conserving open space. More images and architects’ description after the break. The center is composed of an opera house with 800 seats, a flexible black box theater with 300 seats, a cinema theater with 400 seats, an art gallery, a cultural center, a VIP lounge, a cafe and a restaurant. In addition there are other necessary spaces such as rehearsal rooms and administration offices, as well as parking. All of the major public spaces are accessed by a single common lobby which acts as an elevated platform and frame, providing views on one side to the city, and on the other, to the central park and the landscape beyond. The walls of the common lobby are glazed from floor to ceiling and sheathed in a metal mesh, so all of the pre-concert and concert activities can be seen from inside and outside, creating a visually rich dynamic environment for both audience and passersby. Also, because the art gallery, cultural center, café and restaurant are in close proximity, this ensures that the common lobby and all foyer areas will be used all throughout the day and into the evening. The compact building mass means that a variety of open and green spaces can be designed around the building. The northwest facing main entry plaza contains water features to attract people coming from the city. In addition the main entry stairs form a grand backdrop leading to the magnificent view of the opera house, the black box theater, and the cinema behind the glazed common lobby wall. The east facing rear plaza is more informal and park-like and is designed so that it can accommodate a wide variety of outdoor performances in addition to providing wide scenic views of the park and surrounding landscape. The north entry plaza is conceived as a vibrant café / cultural plaza. The opera house is in the shape of the classic horseshoe which provides excellent acoustics and good sightlines from all areas of the hall. The black box theater has been designed for good acoustics and for maximum flexibility in stage and seating configurations to accommodate a variety of performance settings and events. The Sejong Art Center is a culture center for the 21st century, bringing a state-of-the-art cultural facility to Sejong City that is a new symbol for the new city. It is a place to enjoy and contemplate culture, the city and nature, and provides a wonderful place for relaxation and enjoyment for all people and citizens. Architects: Tomoon Architects & Engineers, in collaboration with Ison Architects Location : Nasung-dong, Sejong, South Korea Project Architects: Cha Yong-wook, Son Jin Project Manager: Choi Jae-won Project Team: Shin Eun-ho, Choi Jong-bae, Peter Oh, Lee Joon-ho, Lee Doo-hyeong, Lee Woo-joo, Choi Min-wook Acoustics: OSD Engineering & Consulting Stage: TSD STAGE Structural Engineers: Hyung-sang Engineering Mechanical Engineers: Sahm-shin Engineers Electricity / Telecommunication: Young-Kwang Enginneering CG: 3D Focus Architectural Model: OPUS Site Area: 43,493㎡ Building Area: 11,009㎡ Gross Area: 15,205㎡ Structure: Reinforced Concrete + Steel Structure Material: White Tile, Metal Fabric, Wood, Stone Total Stories: 4 Floors Parking: 354 Project Period: December 2012 – March 2013

The Uncertain Future of Seoul, Korea's "Dream Hub"

Block H; Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Block H; Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

According to Business Insider and a number of other real estate development outlets, the "Dream Hub" project in Seoul Korea that drew designs from internationally renowned architects including Daniel Libeskind -designer of the master plan - MVRDV, Dominique Perrault, BIG, REX, KPF and Tange Associates is on the verge of collapse.  The Yongsan Development Corporation reportedly defaulted on a major loan repayment, citing difficulties in raising funds due to the real estate slump since the 2008 global financial crisis.  The collapse of the project is still speculative, as it is unclear how the next round of loans that are to mature in June will fare.  

The $28 billion real estate "Dream Hub" project was to develop 56-acres in central Seoul into a modern business hub.  In its planning it included shopping malls, hotels, department store, apartment blocks, and mixed-use office towers.  Follow us after the break for a recap of the projects that were planned for this development.

Muyidong / Joh Sungwook Architects

  • Architects: Joh Sungwook Architects
  • Location: Seongnam, Korea
  • Design Team: Joh Sungwook, Kim Chin Kyung
  • Area: 346.63 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Kim Yong Kwan

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S Mahal House / Moon Hoon

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© Kim Yong Kwan
  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Location: Gyeonggi-do, Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Moon Hoon
  • Design Team: Kim Suki, Lee Kyong Ho, Kam dong ho, Park Jung Mok
  • Area: 14712.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Kim Yong Kwan, Park Chan Woo

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Panorama House / Moon Hoon

  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Location: Chungbuk, Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Moon Hoon
  • Design Team: Lee Ju Hee, Kim Dong Won, Park Sang Eun
  • Area: 57050.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Namgoong Sun

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Rock It Suda / Moon Hoon

  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Location: Gangwon-do, Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Moon-Hoon
  • Design Team: Kim Suki, Jo Jeong Ho, Lee Kyung Ho
  • Area: 47194.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Moon Hoon, Yong Kwan, Yeum Seung Hoon

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Gyeongju Arts Center / Samoo Architects & Engineers

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© Young Chae Park
  • Architects: Samoo Architects & Engineers
  • Location: Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
  • Area: 21232.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Young Chae Park, Young Chul Shin

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Mookdong Multi Housing / Moon Hoon

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© Moon Jeongsik
  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Location: Seoul, Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Moon Hoon
  • Design Team: Kim Suki, Park Seonhu
  • Area: 117.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Moon Jeongsik

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Sejong Art Center Winning Proposal / DMP Partners

Designed by DMP Partners, their winning proposal for the Sejong Art Center (SAC) is composed of two theaters, a main theater with more than 800 seats, a medium sized theater with 300 seats, a film theater with 250 seats, and an art gallery. Located in the international cultural area between nature-scape and urban-scape, the building combines nature and city through its straight, linear shape. This form is applied in accordance with the city and its curvature shape is in accordance with nature to create a comfortable feeling. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Branksome Hall Asia Jeju Global Education City / Samoo Architects & Engineers

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© Young Chae Park
  • Architects: Samoo Architects & Engineers
  • Location: Gueok-ri, Daejeong-eup, Jeju-do, South Korea
  • Collaboration : MKPL Architects, Sun Architects & Engineers
  • Area: 69604.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Young Chae Park

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Vi-Sang House / Moon Hoon

  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Location: Gyeonggi-do, Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Moon-Hoon
  • Design Team: Lee Juhee
  • Area: 10775.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Namgoong Sun

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Performing Arts Studio of the National Theatre of Korea Second Prize Winning Proposal / Archiplan

Designed by Archiplan, their second prize winning proposal for the Performing Arts Studio of the National Theatre of Korea is an extension design concept for the performers practice facilities in the basement of the existing plaza. The main issue is the vitalization of the environment which is now 'blocked' by the retaining wall on the edge of the main road and by the steep slope that makes a disconnection of the site. By embracing art, culture, and the city itself, this proposal connects the two-dimensional old theatre-plaza and the nearby park to link the performer and the citizens while allowing the art and culture flow well. More images and architects’ description after the break.

P&P / Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim

  • Architects: Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Young Lim + Sun Kim
  • Area: 467.55 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

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