Velo Towers / Asymptote Architecture

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Asymptote‘s Velo Towers, designed for the Yongsan master plan in Seoul, , 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

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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 growth as a place of stature 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 ‘episodic’ interiority experience.”

Incheon International Airport – Terminal 2 / Gensler

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A few days ago, Korea‘s Incheon International Airport broke ground on its latest addition, Terminal 2. Gensler, in collaboration with the HGMY Consortium, designed the $2.5 billion project that will double the size of the country’s busiest airport with its 72 gates and 7.4 million square feet of space. The project includes a second airport control tower, train station, parking facilities and an airside Intra Airport Transit (IAT).

Keep reading for the architects’ description.

Honeybee Lounge / poly.m.ur

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Architects: poly.m.ur
Location: , South
Design Team: Seungjun Oh, Sunki Whang, Jaeho Song, Hyunju Lim, Jiin Kim
Area: 208.02 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin, Megabox

Magok Central Plaza Winning Proposal / Wooridongin Architects

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Located in the intersection of the pedestrian axis of Festival Street within the heart of Magok city in Seoul, the competition winning proposal by Wooridongin Architects for the Magok Central Plaza weaves itself into the surrounding city. The plaza is a great traffic node since it is where the subway lines 5, 9 Incheon Airport train cross. Its close location to Han River greenery ecosystem aligning with the River, Jungang Park Green Area Connectors makes it to be part of a continuous open space system. More images architects’ description after the break.

The Sarang Community Church / Seoinn Design Group

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Architects: Seoinn Design Group
Location: , Gyeonggi-do, South
Project Architects: Dong gyu Choi, Yoo cheol Choi
Area: 12202.42 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Chae Soo Uk

Paju Book City / Stan Allen Architect

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Architects: Stan Allen Architect
Location: Paju, Korea
Associate Architects: H. Sang Seung, Iroje Architects, , Korea
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Stan Allen Architect

Beyond the Screen / OBBA

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Architects: OBBA
Location: , South
Architect In Charge: Sojung Lee, Sangjoon Kwak
Area: 128 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin, Courtesy of OBBA

NAVER MOBILE APP SQUARE / URBANTAINER

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Previously limited to particular locations, Naver App was delivered all around the nation using a ‘kit-box’ concept. With the addition of a ‘kinetic’ element to the existing over-sized delivery box concept, the new Naver App Square, designed constructed by URBANTAINER has evolved into a giant moving gift box. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Element house / Sami Rintala

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Architect: Sami Rintala
Landscape Architects: Eedo Space Architectural Design, Seúl, Republic of Korea
Location: Anyang Park, Anyang, Seúl, Republic of Korea
Materials: , , Concrete, Gravel, Glass
Construction: October-December 2005
Finish: January 2006
Constructed Area: 72sqm
Client: Anyang City / Public Art Project
Collaborators: John Roger Holte, Artist, Norway; Finnforest, Wood
Photography: Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh

Video: A Conversation with Steven Holl inside the Daeyang Gallery & House

Journey through the flawless space of the Daeyang Gallery & House in South Korea learn about the ideas behind the design from the legendary architect himself, Steven Holl.

Created by the architectural filmmakers from Spirit of Space, the first video takes you on a tour through the “miniature utopia” of the Daeyang Gallery & House. Although the notion of music plays as an underlining theme throughout the design, Holl encourages visitors to focus on the feelings that arise as the body moves through the space. He believes that “architecture can change the way you feel, like music… it can bring you into another world.”

Yongsan International Business District / REX

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Architect: REX
Location: Seoul, Korea
Built Area: 115,500 sqm (1,240,000 sqf)
Completion year: 2016
Program: 47,800 sqm of luxury housing for short-term residents, 27,000 sqm of retail, 929 parking stalls
Renderings: Luxigon and

Cross # Towers / BIG

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Danish architects BIG have just shared with us the Cross # Towers, their latest project in . BIG’s residential towers in the Yongsan International Business District revitalize the Han riverfront into a new commercial residential center for the citizens of . More images and information after the break.

West 8 + IROJE wins Yongsan Park competition in Seoul

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Rotterdam-based practice WEST 8, together with the local architects of IROJE, have been announced winner of the International Competition for Master Plan of Yongsan Park, Korea. The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Korea organized the competition with the intention to create a “national park in which nature, culture, history and the future come in harmony.” Located in a large area in the center of , the circa 243 ha site has been in use as a military base for an extensive period both during the Japanese occupation and under post-war American protection.

Continue reading for more information on the Yongsan Park competition.

Skinspace / AND

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Architects: AND
Location: Seohoori, Seojongmyun, Yangpyeonggun, ,
Construction Area: 112.62 sqm
Gross Area: 130.60 sqm
Structure: RC
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Kim Yong Gwan

Ewha Womans University / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: Seoul,
Partners: Baum Architects, Seoul
Engineering: Perrault Projets, Paris (Architectural Engineers); VP&Green Ingenerie, Paris (Structural Engineers); HL-PP Consult, Munich (Building Services); Jean-Paul Lamoureux, Paris (Acoustic), Rache-Willms, Aix-la-Chapelle (Facades)
Consultant: Jeon Lee Partners, Seoul (Structural Engineer), HIMEC, Seoul (Mechanical Engineer), CG E&C, Seoul (Civil Engineer), CnK Associates, Seoul (Landscape)
Built Area: 70,000 sqm
Completion: 2008
Photographs: André Morin

Herma Parking Building / JOHO Architecture

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Architects: JOHO Architecture – Jeong Hoon Lee
Location: 1190, Bo jeong-dong, Kiheung-gu, , Gyonggi-Do,
Completion: May, 2010
Photographs: Sun Namgoong, Jeonghoon Lee

Soohwarim / Design Group Oz

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Architect: Design Group Oz  – Im Sang Jin, Shin Seung Soo, Choi Jae Won
Location: Hwangnak-ri, Haemi-myeon, Seosan-si, ,
Site area: 976 sqm
Building area: 265.92 sqm
Gross floor area: 371.41sqm
Photographs: Kim Jae Kyeong, Lee Sang Muk