Songdo International Business District / KPF

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Songdo International Business District (IBD) occupies over 1,500 acres of reclaimed land on the West Coast of , Korea. This waterfront master plan includes a diverse array of programmatic elements and is designed to be a pedestrian friendly city with walkable streets and an urban density that allows for an active street life. Signature features include, the New Songdo City First World Towers, Northeast Asia Trade Tower, the 100-arce Songdo Central Park, and the Songdo City International School.

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox
Location: Incheon, Korea
Photographs: H.G. Esch, KPF, Jaesung

Chungwoon University Library / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects & DANU

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The new Chungwoon University Library needed to incorporate multiple functions including a conventional library program along with an exhibition hall, lecture hall, president room, chairman of the board room, and typical office space. The architects therefore approached the library design with the outlook that this would be the heart of the university. With a south facing mountain view, various levels of natural light, fresh air, and landscape views help create an environment conducive to reading and researching. The large sloped sight was nicely integrated into the new built environment with multiple stepped terraces. After the break are photographs and drawings of this project.

Architects: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects & DANU
Location: Chungnam,
Client: Chungwoon University Library and Headquarters
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Seunghoon Yum

Pixel House / Mass Studies and Slade Architecture

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The Pixel House designed by in collaboration with Slade Architecture in , Korea, thoughtfully incorporated the needs of their client, a young family of four.  There is a vagueness between public and private space, landscaping and building, which was the intention of both the client and architects.

Follow the break for more on this house, photographs and drawings.

Architects: Mass Studies and Slade Architecture
Location: Gyeonggido, Korea
Mass Studies Project Team: Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park, Joungwon Lee, Soonbok Choi, Junkoo Kang, Sungpil Won
Slade Architecture Project Team: James Slade, Illya Korolev, Oliver Spreckelsen
Structural Engineer: Youngho Lee
MEP Engineer: Samjung Engineers, Jinsan Engineers
Construction: Hanwool Construction
Client: Younghyo Jin, Sookhee Chan
Project Area: 85.30 sqm
Project Year: 2003
Photographs: Yong-Kwan Kim

Songdo Landmark City Block A4 / REX

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Architect: REX
Location: ,
Client: Songdo Landmark City (SLC)
Program: Residential towers with a total of approximately 2,000 units, community facilities, retail, and underground parking
Area: 342,900 sqm
Project Status: Completed Concept Design
Landscape Architect: Bureau Bas Smets
Executive: HYUNDAI Architects & Engineers; SAMOO Architects & Engineers
Key Personel: Adolfo Albaisa, Haviland Argo, E. Sean Bailey, Keith Burns, Nicolas de Courten, Rob Daurio, Jeremiah Joseph, Hui Lee, Katharine Meagher, Clinton Miller, Roberto Otero, Michelle Petersen, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Jacob Reidel, Nikolas Rychen, Tal Schori, Hala Sheikh, Nuo Xu
Consultant: Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Silver Shack / Chae Pereira Architects

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Check out Korea-based  Chae Pereira Architects latest residential project situated in the crowded urban neighborhood of .  The neighborhood, which is crowded by slum houses weaving around little alleys, provides a “stimulating landscape both socially and physically” which the architects took aspects of the existing houses to inform their design strategy.  The recycled elements of the surrounding houses, specifically their corrugated panel roofs, in addition to ’s  power plant, inspired the architects to experiment with a layer of translucent polycarbonate fixed on a regular frame to show the 13MM aluminum-coated insulation and circulations spaces.

More images and more about the project after the break.

In Progress: Daeyang Gallery and House / Steven Holl Architects


We’ve just received some news from our friends at Steven Holl Architects regarding the progress of their latest private gallery and residence. Situated in the hillside of the Kangbuk section of , Korea, the project’s geometry is an experimental reaction to a 1967 sketch for a music score by the composer Istvan Anhalt, “Symphony of Modules,” discovered in a book by John Cage titled “Notations”.   This strategy, which runs parallel to a research studio on “the architectonics of music,” results in three separate pavilions connected by a sheet of water that establishes the plane of reference from above and below.

More construction photos, renderings and of course, Holl’s infamous watercolors after the break.

Earth House / BCHO Architects

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Architect: Byoungsoo Cho
Location: Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do,
Project Team: Hongjoon Yang, Woohyun Kang, Taehyun Nam, Nicholas Locke, Yongjun Cho
Consultant: Keunsik Shin
Geothermal: REHAU AG +Co.
Contractor: CPLUS International Co. Ltd.
Site area: 660.00 sqm
Gross floor area: 32.49 sqm
Total floor area: 32.49 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Wooseop Hwang, Yong Gwan Kim

Hanil Visitors Center & Guest House / BCHO Architects

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Architect: Byoungsoo Cho
Location: 77, Pyeongdong-ri, Maepo-eup, Danyang-gu, Chungbuk,
Project Team: Nicholas Locke, Youngjin Kang, Taehyun Nam, Greg Hale, Seunghyun Kim
Consultants: Mark West, C.A.S.T. University of Manitoba
Site area: 3,957 sqm
Gross floor area: 648.9 sqm
Total floor area: 1,031.2 sqm
Design Year: 2007-2008
Construction Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Yong Gwan Kim

Scissor House / BCHO Architects

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Architect: Byoungsoo Cho
Location: Seohong-dong, Seogwipo Jeju-do,
Project Team: Woohyun Kang
Consultants: Ja Yeon Jeju Landscape Architects
Site area: 3,438 sqm
Gross floor area: 322.3 sqm
Total floor area: 247.2 sqm
Design Year: 2007-2008
Construction Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Wooseop Hwang

P House / HAHN Design

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Architect: HAHN Design / Hahn Joh
Location: Jongno-gu, Seoul,
Client: Namjun Park
Design Team: HAHN Design(Hahn Joh/Jungho Ryu/Wooseok Jung/Mikyoung Kim) +MORE Arch(Youngsam Moon)
Consultant: Heekyu Kim(Struct.), SEEBOO Eng.(MEP), JUNGANG(Civil)
General Contractor: Namjun Park
Site Area: 609.0 sqm
Building Area: 207.5 sqm
Total Foor Area: 532.4 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Courtesy of HAHN Design + Jeoseong E

M+ / HAHN Design

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Architect: HAHN Design / Hahn Joh
Location: Gangnam-gu, , Korea
Client: Jeonghun Oh
Design Team: HAHN Design (Hahn Joh/Deokjae Kim/Jinhyung Cho/Wonseok Kim/Sehee Lee) + NC Partners (Jongwon Seo)
Consultant: NC Partners(Struct.), Doul Int. Eng.(MEP)
General Contractor: Youngchun Construction
Site Area: 611.5 sqm
Building Area: 345.97 sqm
Total Foor Area: 1,269.63 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Courtesy of HAHN Design + Soo Ok Chai

Kangbuk Samsung Hospital / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

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Architect: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
Location: Samsung Headquarter Basement, 2 Taepyoung-ro, Joong-gu, Seoul,
Client: Kangbuk Samsung Hospital
Collaborators: Kookbo Design Co. Ltd, Samsung Everland Co. Ltd
Size: 5,697 sqm
Design Year: 2009
Completion Year: 2010
Photographs: Seunghoon Yum

APAP Open School / LOT-EK

Infamously known for their work with shipping containers (be sure to check out their Puma City previously featured on AD), American-firm LOT -EK has nearly completed the , in Korea.  The containers are perched atop each other creating spaces beneath them for a public amphitheater, within them for educational functions and even on top of them for a long decked roof offering great views.

More images and more about the school after the break.

So Da Hun / IROJE KHM Architects

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Architect: IROJE KHM Architects / HyoMan Kim
Location: 229-2 Bigeun-dong, Pyeongtak, Gyeounggi-do,
Design team: Hyun Jung Ju
Structure designer: MOA. Sung Yeong Oh
Contractor: Dong Jun Yu
Site area: 107 sqm
Bldg. area: 63.25 sqm
Gross floor area: 197.27 sqm
Photographs: Jong Oh Kim

The National Museum of Korean Contemporary History / G.Lab*

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G.Lab* by Gansam Architects and Partners sent us their proposal for the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History in Seoul, using a mix of reinforced and structure to create two interesting volumes to house 5,000 years of history.

Images, drawings and the project statement after the break.

Wa Sun Jai / IROJE KHM Architects

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Architect: IROJE KHM Architects / HyoMan Kim
Location: GungNaeDong, BunDangGu, SeongNam, GyeongGiDo,
Design Team: SuMi Jung, MiYeong Park
Structure designer: Guang Min Jeon
Contractor: Yeong Kim
Structure: Concrete Rahmen
Exterior finishing: Cor-Ten , Dryvit
Interior finishing: Exposed concrete, Lacquer on gypsum board, Wood flooring
Site Area: 515 sqm
Building Area: 200.66 sqm
Gross floor area: 275 sqm
Photographs: JongOh Kim

Myongji University Bangmok Library / Gansam Architects & Associates

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Architect: Gansam Architects & Associates
Location: ,
Project Architect: Taijip Kim
Design team: Kiyoung Han, Mijung Kim, Myunghee Jang, Sun A Park, Kyungsu Jeong
Project Year: 2007-2010
Photographs: Gansam Architects & Associates

S-Trenue Tower / Mass Studies

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Architects: Mass Studies
Location: , Korea
Project Team: Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park, Zongxoo U, Younkyoung Shin, Sangkyu Jeon, Jingyoung Ha, Geunmi Ryu, Jieun Lee, Joonhee Lee, Daeun Jeong, Bumhyun Chun, Kiwoong Ko, Hartmut Flothmann, Dongchul Yang, Seongbeom Mo, Byungkyun Kim, Jisoo Kim, Songmin Lee, Vin Kim, Young Kim, Ranhee Kim, Kwangjin Woo, Minho Hwang, Jiyoung Yoon, Chungwhan Park
Structural Engineering: Junwoo Structure
MEP Engineering: HANA Consulting & Engineers
Civil Engineering: CG E&C
Landscaping: Alban Mannisi + Soltos Landscaping
Construction: SK E&C
Client: SK Networks
Site Area: 2,931 sqm
Project Area: 39,898.56 sqm
Design Year: 2006
Construction Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Kyungsub Shin & Yong-Kwan Kim