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: Nakdong River Estuary, , 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, , . The objective of the competition was to create a next generation resort-style luxury condominium and a boutique hotel complex which capitalizes the on the amazing view experience and 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 and terrace housing. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Open Paradox – KAIST IT Convergence Center / MANIFESTO and ILKUN

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Open Paradox, MANIFESTO and 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: , 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, 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 in Gyeonggido, 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: , Korea
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


Check out -based  Chae Pereira Architects latest residential project situated in the crowded urban neighborhood of Sangsu.  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 Sangsu’s  power plant, inspired the architects to experiment with a layer of translucent polycarbonate fixed on a regular steel 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, Republic of
Project Team: Hongjoon Yang, Woohyun Kang, Taehyun Nam, Nicholas Locke, Yongjun Cho
Rammed Earth 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, , Korea
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, Seoul,
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, , Korea
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 APAP Open School, in .  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.