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Knot House / Atelier Chang

  • Architects: Atelier Chang
  • Location: Geoje-Island.com, Aju-dong, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
  • Design Team: Soohyun Chang, Federica Russo, Ryan Day, Hyunwoo Chung
  • Area: 403.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

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

"Expansion and Conflict": 13th International Docomomo Conference 2014

How has the advancement of the Modern Movement design ethos, through geo-political expansion from the Western world, challenged the cultural foundation and aesthetic heritage of Asia?

KPF's Lotte World Tower Jeopardized by Mysterious Sinkholes

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.

Guest House Rivendell / IDMM Architects

  • Architects: IDMM Architects
  • Location: Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Area: 721.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Joon Hwan Yoon

© Joon Hwan Yoon © Joon Hwan Yoon © Joon Hwan Yoon © Joon Hwan Yoon

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.

© Olson Kundig Architects © Olson Kundig Architects © Olson Kundig Architects © Olson Kundig Architects

Tree-Like Skyscraper Takes Urban Farming to Next Level

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.

Samdaeheon / iSM architects

  • Architects: iSM architects
  • Location: Oesan-myeon, Buyeo-gun
  • Architects in Charge: Joongwon Lee, Kyung-A Lee
  • Area: 208.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hyosook Chin

© Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin

Yul-dong Café / iSM architects

  • Architects: iSM architects
  • Location: Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architects in Charge: Joongwon Lee, Kyung-A Lee
  • Area: 72.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hyosook Chin

© Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin

Unfolding House / Jae Heon Jeong

  • Architects: Jae Heon Jeong
  • Location: Yongmun-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Design Team: Moonhui LEE
  • Area: 253.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Youngchea PARK

© Youngchea PARK © Youngchea PARK © Youngchea PARK © Youngchea PARK

Oryukdo Gawon Restaurant / Jae Heon Jeong

  • Architects: Jae Heon Jeong
  • Location: Yongho-dong, Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea
  • Design Team: Yongsik LIM, Yunho LEE
  • Area: 592.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Youngchea PARK

© Youngchea PARK © Youngchea PARK © Youngchea PARK © Youngchea PARK

Soogook Village / op'us architects

  • Architects: op'us architects
  • Location: 5-2 Amnam-dong, Seo-gu, Busan, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Woo Daeseung, Cho Seongki, Kim Hyoungjong
  • Design Team: Park Youseon, Yang Kunsu, Kim Jongdo, Yun Jongwon, Lee Sangdae, Nam Seongjin, Hwang Seoungho, Kim Huiyeon
  • Area: 1056.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Joonhwan Yoon

© Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon

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. 

Dobongsan Car Park / Jae Kim | CoDeAU + Namoa Architects

  • Architects: Namoa Architects , Jae Kim | CoDeAU
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Jae K. Kim, Joonbok Lee
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Kwang Sik Jung, Sungmin Yoon

© Sungmin Yoon © Kwang Sik Jung © Kwang Sik Jung © Kwang Sik Jung

Inside Korea's “Crow's Eye View” – Golden Lion Winner at the Venice Biennale 2014

Today, the Korean Peninsula provides a striking example of a post-war polarization: two opposite political and economical systems, constantly presented in contrast/conflict by the global media, that still maintain an intricate, complicated relationship. Architecture’s role in this polarization was instrumental. North Korea sought to represent the aspirations of a new communist nation within a context devastated after the war -- a tabula-rasa from which adaptations of modernism could appear. In South Korea, fast economic growth bred a form of modernization that represented the ideals of a globalized world.

These distinct absorptions of modernity, and the relation between the two neighboring nations, are represented in Korea’s Pavilion in an exhibition called Crow’s Eye View, winner of the Gold Lion at the Venice Biennale 2014.  The dense exhibition, commissioned and curated by Minsuk Cho together with Hyungmin Pai and Changmo Ahn, used every corner of the pavilion to represent this subject. The curators invited a multidisciplinary group of architects, urbanists, poets, writers, artists, photographers, film-makers, curators and collectors to demonstrate (to best of their availability, since official cooperation with North Korean institutions proved impossible) the architectural intersections and divisions between North and South Korea.

Recognized by the judges as “research in action,” Crow’s Eye View provided an invaluable addition to a discourse which has been predominantly carried by Western-centric narratives. And it is precisely this that, according to rumors, made it Koolhaas’ favorite pavilion.

Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula. Image © Nico Saieh Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula. Image © Nico Saieh Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula. Image © Nico Saieh Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula. Image © Nico Saieh

War & Women's Human Right Museum / Wise Architecture

  • Architects: Wise Architecture
  • Location: 39-13 Seongsan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team: Sook Hee Chun, Young Chul Jang, Jiyong Park, Kuhyeon Kwon, Aram Yun
  • Area: 785.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Kim Doo-Ho

© Kim Doo-Ho © Kim Doo-Ho © Kim Doo-Ho © Kim Doo-Ho

SAI Playground / Moon Hoon

© Nam Goong Sun
© Nam Goong Sun
  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Location: 5 Nonhyeon 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team: Kim Sung, Kim Taehyeong
  • Area: 330.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nam Goong Sun

© Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun

Roll House / Moon Hoon

  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Location: Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
  • Design Team: Lee Byungyeup, Hwang Jiae, Park Minjoo
  • Area: 99.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nam Goong Sun

© Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun

Moon Ji Bang Wins Inaugural MMCA Young Architects Program in South Korea

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 has announced a partnership with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul that has expanded the international Young Architects Program (YAP) to South Korea. Just as YAP presents opportunities for emerging architects to design and build temporary installations in New York, Chile, Rome and Istanbul, YAP Korea will offer the MMCA’s outdoor Museum Plaza as the summer installation site. 

Already, a winner has been chosen from 26 submissions to serve as the inaugural YAP Korea installation. With completion planned for July 8, winning team Moon Ji Bang (Threshold) is amidst the final preparations for mystical, mythology-inspired installation that will transcend visitors from the daily hustle into a cloud-like landscape of air balloon structures.