Saemangum Exhibition Center / poly.m.ur


Saemangum is the name for the newly reclaimed area on the west coast of Korea by the architecture urbanism firm poly.m.ur. It has been the country’s most anticipated reclamation project of recent years and promises enormous new opportunities for cultural commercial developments in the region. The brief was to provide an exhibition space to commemorate the completion of the work and showcase the visions and plans for this new land. The concept of the design was inspired by the lost mud flat in the area as the result of reclamation. Analogous to the mud flat, the building was designed to act as a ‘living field’, which breathe environment, programs, and activities.

zeep-soori of Professor Kim’s House / Moohoi Architecture

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Location: SeoDaemoon-Koo, Seoul,
Lead Architect: Kim Jae-kwan
Written Material: Kim jae-kwan
Construction: Kim Jae-kwan
Site Area: 133.6 sqm
Project Area: 140.2 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Park young-chae

Julia’s House / Moohoi Architecture

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Location: 1487-10 SeoCho-Dong, SeoCho-Koo, Seoul,
Lead Architect: Kim Jae-kwan
Construction: Kim Jae-kwan
Written Material: Kim Jae-kwan
Project Area: 237.69 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Park Young-chae

Jung-hyun’s Apartment / Moohoi Architecture

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Location: DaeLim Appartment, SeoDaemoon-Koo, Seoul,
Lead Architect: Kim Jae-kwan
Construction: Kim Jae-kwan
Written Material: Kim Jae-kwan
Project Area: 152 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Park Young-chae

Villa Topoject / AND

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Architects: Architecture of Novel Differentiation (AND)
Location: Gyeonggido,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 199 sqm
Photographs: Byun, Jong Suk

Busan Opera House Proposal / Peter Ruge Architekten

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Peter Ruge Architekten shared with us their entry for an international competition to design a new opera and theatre house in , Korea. The city of 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.

Busan Opera House Proposal / PRAUD

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Designed by PRAUD, the concept for the Opera House starts from how multiple performance facilities can share a common program. One way is to share public spaces such as foyers and the other is to share the theatre function itself. They found out an interesting potential of the theatre that when one performance facility shares its theatre function with other facilities, various types of performance stages could be created by the transformation of stage and chamber facilities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House in Geumsan / Eunjoo ROH + Studio GAON

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Architects: Hyungnam LIM, , Studio GAON
Locations: , Korea
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 75.6 sqm
Photographs: Youngchea PARK

Department Store Roof Garden / YKH


Recently opened, SOM designed, Lotte Department Store Gwangbok branch in Busan, Korea requested Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab (YKH) to modify the existing ‘roof garden’ to allow amplify users to enjoy the spectacular view of Busan Port. Additionally, the client requested us to find a way to increase ‘brand identity’ ‘sales volume’. Existing conditions of roof garden with two separate observatories were not efficiently designed more importantly were not connected; there were a possibility to increase two floors of additional retail area. have come up with a new idea called, ‘Way-Pod’; Way Pod is derived from I-Pod, creating a hardware that could evolve with time. Way-Pod is comprised of ‘Way’ – free of charge, elevated view corridor – and ‘Pod’ – with charge, entertainment hardware for fun, culture and event.

Busan Eco-Center / Atelier Tekuto

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This was the first international competition sponsored by the Korean government, which held difficulties in many aspects regarding different standard and acknowledgement for architecture starting from receipt of the prize up till the completion of the building. Large issues were the low design fees (which covered design fee for both Japan and Korean teams based on standard level cost which were on three level rates set up in Korea according to content of work, as well as business trips and translation costs), architectural regulations, contract conformation of architectural design (Atelier Tekuto could not become the legal contractor), and not being able to get involved in the actual field management.

Architect: Atelier Tekuto
Location: , Busan, Korea
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Tekuto

Box Mobile Gallery / WISE Architecture

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The ‘Box Mobile Gallery’ is a gallery responsive to various exhibition intentions and art media. The gallery consists of 12 panels soft-hinged side by side. Each of these panels features an art work fixed to its inside. The flexibility of the soft hinge system allows the spatial reconfiguration of the gallery, transforming one space to another according to site conditions, exhibition intention, and art media; from independent cells for an individual exhibition, to a common exhibition space for a group exhibition, often times with an introductory area or a court yard, and to a special exhibition space for various art media.

Architect: WISE Architecture
Location: Jongno-gu Tongin-dong, Seoul, South
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hwang Hyochel

Health & Sports Education Center of Kang-won National University / Idea Image Institute of Architects

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Designed by Kang Chul-Hee and Idea Image Institute of Architects, the Health & Sports Education Center attracts local residents’ participation and heightens its value as a community sports center. Located on the eastern part of Kang-won University’s Choon-Chun Campus, it is somewhat secluded from its surroundings. So in order to adapt to the steep landscapem, the center’s swimming pool and education facility are designed with multi-level entrances, emphasizing a diverse entryway and an adventurous space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Marine Terrace Resort / Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab

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As the first prize winner for an invited design competition, Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab actively adopted the terrace concept throughout the site to design the Marine Terrace Resort in Yongho-dong, Nam-gu, Busan, Korea. The objective of the competition was to create a next generation resort-style luxury condominium a boutique hotel complex which capitalizes the on the amazing view experience provides maximum privacy. By locating terraced residences on a cliff edge, the residents are able to experience an ‘undisturbed’ view of the sea as well as an open residential park in between the villa towers terrace housing. More images architects’ description after the break.

Open Paradox – KAIST IT Convergence Center / MANIFESTO and ILKUN

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Open Paradox, MANIFESTO ILKUN‘s proposal for the IT Convergence Center for KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), aims to provide a truly multi-disciplinary research and educational environment for the institute. Located on the sloped East Campus Plaza of KAIST, the building allows free-flowing interaction between students and faculty of multiple academic disciplines as well as with the remaining school population and the public, fostering an atmosphere of creativity and openness.

This proposal received 3rd Prize at the Design Competition and was the recipient of a 2010 AIA NY Design Award.

Architects: MANIFESTO Architecture P.C. (Design Architect) and ILKUN Architects & Engineers Ltd. (Local Architect)
Location: Daejeon, Korea
Consultants: Yoshinori Nito Engineering & Design P.C.
Renderings: Courtesy of MANIFESTO

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, 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, landscape views help create an environment conducive to reading researching. The large sloped sight was nicely integrated into the new built environment with multiple stepped terraces. After the break are photographs drawings of this project.

Architects: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects & DANU
Location: Chungnam, Republic of Korea
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 Mass Studies in collaboration with in Gyeonggido, , 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: Incheon, Korea
Client: Songdo Landmark City (SLC)
Program: Residential towers with a total of approximately 2,000 units, community facilities, retail, 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