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

01:00 - 30 May, 2014
Moon Ji Bang Wins Inaugural MMCA Young Architects Program in South Korea, YAP Korea 2014: Shinseon Play / Moon Ji Bang. Image Courtesy of MoMA
YAP Korea 2014: Shinseon Play / Moon Ji Bang. Image Courtesy of MoMA

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.

Venice Biennale 2014: Minsuk Cho to Present "Crow's Eye View" of Divided Korea

01:00 - 28 May, 2014
Kim Il-sung Square, Pyongyang, 2010 © Philipp Meuser
Kim Il-sung Square, Pyongyang, 2010 © Philipp Meuser

Minsuk Cho of MASS Studies, commissioner and curator of the Korean Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, has announced that he will be responding to director Rem Koolhaas’ theme Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 with an exhibition focused on the architecture of divided Korea. With the exhibition Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula, Cho will present the architecture of North and South Korea as “an agent - a mechanism for generating alternative narratives that are capable of perceiving both the everyday and the monumental in new ways.”

The full curatorial statement, after the break...

eVolo Skyscraper Winner 2014 Transforms Korean 'Hanok' Into Impressive High-Rise

00:00 - 31 March, 2014
eVolo Skyscraper Winner 2014 Transforms Korean 'Hanok' Into Impressive High-Rise, Visualisation. Image © Yong Ju Lee
Visualisation. Image © Yong Ju Lee

Vernacular Versatility, recently awarded first place in the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, seeks to adapt traditional Korean architecture into a contemporary mixed-use high-rise. The vernacular design of the Hanok, the "antonym of a western house" and epitome of the Korean style, has disappeared from every town. Extensive urban development in the 1970s led to a boom in modern apartment dwellings and, consequently, a loss of established Korean vernacular architecture. Yong Ju Lee's proposal aims to reimagine the Hanok in one of the country's busiest districts, drawing people's attention to and stimulating their interest in traditional architecture with the intention that "it will eventually be absorbed into people’s everyday lives"

© Yong Ju Lee Model. Image © Yong Ju Lee Model. Image © Yong Ju Lee Visualisation. Image © Yong Ju Lee +9

Ga On Jai / IROJE KHM Architects

01:00 - 3 January, 2014
© Jong Oh Kim
© Jong Oh Kim
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    HyoMan Kim
  • Design Team

    Kyung Jin-Jung, SeungHee-Song, SuKyung-Jang, JiYeon-Kim, EunJin-Sin, HyeJin-Kim, WooSin-Sim
  • Area

    329.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Sergio Pirrone © Jong Oh Kim © Sergio Pirrone © Jeong Sik Mun +36

IT Convergence Building / Kyu Sung Woo Architects

01:00 - 24 October, 2013
IT Convergence Building / Kyu Sung Woo Architects, © Goongsun Nam
© Goongsun Nam

© Won Yang Kim © Won Yang Kim © Goongsun Nam © Goongsun Nam +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Daejeon, South Korea
  • Principal Architect

    Kyu Sung Woo, FAIA
  • Project Architects

    Kyoung Eun Kwon, Vital Albuquerque
  • Designers

    Motomu Nakasugi, Dong Eun Jeong, Jisoo Yang
  • Area

    26023.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Velo Towers / Asymptote Architecture

01:00 - 22 October, 2013
Velo Towers / Asymptote Architecture, © Asymptote Architecture
© 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.

Low Cost House / JYA-RCHITECTS

01:00 - 22 October, 2013
Low Cost House / JYA-RCHITECTS, © Hwang Hyochel
© Hwang Hyochel

© Hwang Hyochel © Hwang Hyochel © Hwang Hyochel © Hwang Hyochel +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jangheung-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
  • Construction

    Team of Ra Kwonsu
  • Area

    100.8 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Sejong Center for Performing Arts / Asymptote Architecture

01:00 - 13 October, 2013
Sejong Center for Performing Arts / Asymptote Architecture, Night View (Front). Image © Asymptote Architecture
Night View (Front). Image © 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."

Incheon International Airport - Terminal 2 / Gensler

01:00 - 1 October, 2013
Incheon International Airport - Terminal 2 / Gensler, Courtesy of Gensler
Courtesy of Gensler

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

01:00 - 6 September, 2013
© Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Seungjun Oh, Sunki Whang, Jaeho Song, Hyunju Lim, Jiin Kim
  • Area

    208.02 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Megabox © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Megabox +28

Magok Central Plaza Winning Proposal / Wooridongin Architects

01:00 - 24 August, 2013
Courtesy of Wooridongin Architects
Courtesy of Wooridongin Architects

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 and Incheon Airport train cross. Its close location to Han River greenery and ecosystem aligning with the River, Jungang Park and Green Area Connectors makes it to be part of a continuous open space system. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Sarang Community Church / Seoinn Design Group

01:00 - 12 August, 2013
The Sarang Community Church / Seoinn Design Group, © Chae Soo Uk
© Chae Soo Uk

© Chae Soo Uk © Chae Soo Uk © Chae Soo Uk © Chae Soo Uk +46

  • Architects

  • Location

    Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Project Architects

    Dong gyu Choi, Yoo cheol Choi
  • Area

    12202.42 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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

19:00 - 10 July, 2012

Journey through the flawless space of the Daeyang Gallery & House in South Korea and 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

17:30 - 18 May, 2012
© Luxigon
© Luxigon

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, and 929 parking stalls Renderings: Luxigon and Rex

© REX © REX © REX © Luxigon +37

Cross # Towers / BIG

17:09 - 3 May, 2012
Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

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

Lollipop House / Moon Hoon

10:00 - 2 March, 2012
© Moon Hoon
© Moon Hoon

Would you live here? Designed by Seoul-based practice Moon Hoon, this single family residence for Giheung-Gu, Korea is organized around a central stair that branches to seven different living levels.  Wrapped in a colorful facade of metal panels, the coloring choice provides a strong statement for the unusual residence along with conjuring images of a child’s favorite treat.  The clients urged Moon Hoon to explore the idea of multiple living planes which has resulted in a skip floor setup with a study, living area, kitchen and dining area, master bedroom, children’s bedroom, attic playroom and upper level room, stemming from the circulation core.  An atrium runs the height of the house and allows natural light to illuminate the interiors.

More images and drawings after the break.

Controversy over The Cloud forces MVRDV to Apologize

19:00 - 12 December, 2011
© Luxigon
© Luxigon

Dutch firm MVRDV has received harsh criticism since they revealed the proposal for two luxury residential towers in South Korea, named after its inspiration, The Cloud. The two towers are connected by a “pixilated cloud of additional program.” Critics are outraged, stating the design resembles the collapsing twin towers of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Peter Ruge Architekten

11:00 - 18 August, 2011
Courtesy of Peter Ruge Architekten
Courtesy of Peter Ruge Architekten

Peter Ruge Architekten shared with us their entry for an international competition to design a new opera and theatre house in Busan, Korea. The city of Busan has a specific geography consisting of mountain areas that connect directly to the Pacific Ocean, great nature, a high population density, and an urgent demand for public spaces to be used by the inhabitants. By taking advantage of these characteristics, they were able to develop the concept for their design. More images and architects’ description after the break.