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Winning Entry for New Pottery Museum in South Korea / PWFERRETTO + UTOP

Seoul-based architectural firms, PWFERRETTO + UTOP, were recently selected winners of a competition commissioning a new pottery museum in the Goheung region of South Korea. The winning entry extends the museum experience throughout the 97,000 square meter site and is organized around four concepts, "genius loci, traditional village, landmark roof and nature journey."

Velo Towers / Asymptote Architecture

Asymptote's Velo Towers, designed for the Yongsan master plan in Seoul, Korea, are formed by vertical cluster of cylindrical volumes which were strategically stacked and rotated to maximize views, privacy and environmental conditions. Consisting of eight distinct residential components, each cluster is carefully choreographed to establish a strong visual connection with the adjacent Yongsan Park and distant Han River. These clusters are complimented by a series of roof gardens, shared amenities and internal circulation spaces centered around light filled open atriums.

Sejong Center for Performing Arts / Asymptote Architecture

New York based Asymptote Architecture have unveiled designs for a new Centre of Performing Arts in Sejong, South Korea. Described as celebrating "the cities emergence and growth as a place of stature and culture," the arts centre is designed to "seamlessly connect to the city fabric." Containing two theaters, the program of the building has been designed to create a unified experience, allowing for a "powerful and 'episodic' interiority and experience."

Invisible Skyscraper Unveiled for Seoul

California-based GDS Architects' new proposal, dubbed Infinity Tower, is designed to disappear from its Korean skyline. How? Cameras will be mounted at six strategic points; thousands of LED screens on the facade will then broadcast the real-time photos captured and logged by the cameras. Though no estimated completion date has been announced, the developers have received construction permits to break ground. More about this incredible vanishing act and how it's done at Fast Co-Design

Changing the Mapo Oil Reserve Base Competition

Open to students and professionals, the Seoul Institute just launched the international ideas competition for the first step to changing the Mapo Oil Reserve Base, a relic of the industrial era. Located in Sangam, this area was once an abandoned mountain of waste, but now stands as a state-of-the-art city that leads the future of Seoul. Aiming to achieve a communication and co-existence between people and nature, the oil reserve base will be returned to the citizens through the ideas of students and professionals who reflect the meaning and value of the land and regenerate the space to meet this new era’s core values of environment & ecology and sustainable future. The deadline for submissions is August 23. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

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.

Films & Architecture: "Old Boy"

Neil Barrett 'Shop in Shop' / Zaha Hadid Architects

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the ‘Shop in Shop’ concept for Neil Barrett is based on a singular, cohesive project that is divided into sixteen separate pieces. Specific pieces have then been selected and installed into each of the four Neil Barrett Shop in Shop’s in Seoul, and also into the Hong Kong shop; creating a unique display landscape within each store. The pieces have been carved and molded from the original solid as pairs that define each other to create an artificial landscape that unfolds multiple layers for display. More images and architects' description after the break.

New National Contemporary Art Storage of Korea Competition Entry / PWFERRETTO

With the proposal title of ‘Expose the Structural DNA’, PWFERRETTO’s design for a new National Contemporary Art Storage of Korea amplifies the power of the existing structure by revealing its bare structural logic. Their main goals are to create an engaging experience and relate to the visitor in a more raw and immediate way, which makes it different from a museum. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Cocobruni / studioVASE

  • Architects: studioVASE
  • Location: Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Area: 441.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of studioVASE

Courtesy of studioVASE Courtesy of studioVASE Courtesy of studioVASE Courtesy of studioVASE

Net Zero Energy House / Lifethings

© Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin
  • Architects: Lifethings
  • Location: GyeongSangNam-do
  • Architect In Charge: Yang Soo-in
  • Contractor : Yim, Hyun Chul (Chaeheon Construction)
  • Structural Engineering: Park, Byung-soon (The Kujo)
  • Photographs: Kyungsub Shin
  • Area: 230.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin

Namhae Cheo-ma House / JOHO Architecture

© Sun Namgoong
© Sun Namgoong
  • Architects: JOHO Architecture
  • Location: Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea
  • Architect In Charge: Jeonghoon Lee
  • Area: 576.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Sun Namgoong, Jeonghoon Lee

© Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong

Aggrenad / AND

© Kim, Yong Gwan
© Kim, Yong Gwan
  • Architects: AND
  • Location: Geojesi, Korea
  • Construction: Kim, Dong Shik
  • Structure: RC
  • Site Area: 433.00m2
  • Gross Floor Area: 198.55m2
  • Area: 121.26 sqm
  • Photographs: Kim, Yong Gwan

© Kim, Yong Gwan © Kim, Yong Gwan © Kim, Yong Gwan © Kim, Yong Gwan

The Curving House / JOHO Architecture

  • Architects: JOHO Architecture
  • Location: Gyeonggi-do, Korea
  • Architect In Charge: Jeonghoon LEE
  • Design Team: Il-Sang Yoon, Gae-hee Cho
  • Contractor: Dong-jin Chea
  • Area: 140.57 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Sun Namgoong

© Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong

The Bricks / Doojin Hwang Architects

  • Architects:
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Contractor : Janghak Construction
  • Structure Engineer: Samjung EMC
  • Mechanical Engineer: Bowoo Technology Corporation
  • Electric Design: Shinhan Eletric Engineering
  • Civil Engineer: GeoTech Engineering & Consultants
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park

Songwon Art Center / Mass Studies

  • Architects: Mass Studies
  • Location: Seoul, Korea
  • Architect In Charge: Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park
  • Design Team: Zongxoo U, Yoonhwan Kim, Youngjoon Chung, Joungwon Lee, Daeun Jeong, Hyunjung Kim, Sanghoon Lee, Songmin Lee
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin

The West Village / Doojin Hwang Architects

  • Architects: Doojin Hwang Architects
  • Location: seoul
  • Architect In Charge: Doojin Hwang
  • Design Team: Jeongyoon Choi
  • Contractor : Janghak Construction
  • Structure Engineer: Hwan Structural Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: GeoTech Engineering & Consultants
  • Mechanical Engineer: Daekyoung Engineering
  • Area: 209.83 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park

Nam June Paik Library / N H D M

Courtesy of N H D M
Courtesy of N H D M

Designed by N H D M / Nahyun Hwang + David Eugin Moon, the Nam June Paik Library is a new public art library in Nam June Paik Art Center in Yong-In, Korea, which opened to the general public in 2011. Inspired by Nam June Paik’s artistic processes, the library was designed as a multi-functional spatial device, which redefines the relationship between library users and information. While the conventional library is characterized by the one directional transmission of the static, centralized, and predefined content, this library aims to promote non-linear and random access to information, and its production beyond the consumption. More images and architects’ description after the break.