Osulloc Tea House Pavilions / Mass Studies

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Architects: Mass Studies
Location: , Jeju-do, South
Architect In Charge: Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park, Joungwon Lee, Hyunseok Jung, Jonghwa Hong, Kwonwoong Lim, Soo hyun Jin, Daehyun Kim
Area: 1452.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yong-Kwan Kim

SANAA’s ‘Cloud Boxes’ Wins First Prize in Taichung City Competition

First Prize. Image Courtesy of via City Cultural Center

SANAA, it is. In attempts to separate itself from its sister cities, Taichung City has named SANAA, led by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, winners of an international competition that intends to unite a newly formed city. As of December 2010, Taichung city executed a mega-merger that increased its population from 1 million inhabitants to 2.5 million, encompassing the skyscraping towers of downtown Taichung to the agricultural mountainside villages of Taichung County. As a result, the local government envisioned a new urban space that would place art at its core, celebrating the regions’ disparate cultures. 

Daum Space.1 / Mass Studies

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Architects: Mass Studies
Location: Jeju Province, South
Architect In Charge: Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park
Design Team: Kim, Jisoo Kim, Sungpil Won, Nikolas Urano, Sebastien Soan, Junghye Bae, Jangwon Choi, Kwonwoong Lim, Youngjoon Chung, Bhujon Kang, Zongxoo U, Taehoon Hwang, Sangkyu Jeon, Younkyoung Shin, Vin kim, Daeun Jeong, Yuseok Heo, Kyungmok Park, Wonbang Kim, Jieun Lee, Sanghoon Lee, Songmin Lee
Area: 1,095,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin, Yong-Kwan Kim

Songwon Art Center / Mass Studies

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Architects: Mass Studies
Location: Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park
Design Team: Zongxoo U, Yoonhwan Kim, Youngjoon Chung, Joungwon Lee, Daeun Jeong, Hyunjung Kim, Sanghoon Lee, Songmin Lee
Area: 841.51 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

The Creators Project: Mass Studies Visit

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The Creators Project, VICE and Intel’s art and technology initiative, recently visited Mass Studies, a world-famed Korean architecture firm in Seoul. They spoke to the company’s founder Minsuk Cho who explained how their ultimate goal is to shape a community through space. The vast scope of their work, informed by both pre and post-urbanized can be seen in this video interview here.

The Canopy: Student Pavilion Erasmus University / NEXT Architects + MASS Studies

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“The Canopy”, a collaborative project between NEXT Architects, Amsterdam and MASS Studies, Seoul for the invited competition for a student pavilion at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Additional images of the proposal and a narrative from the designers after the break.

Modern Atlanta Prize 2011

Modern Atlanta (MA) is pleased to announce the first annual Modern Atlanta Prize 2011 competition. The prize intends to highlight talented designers and their projects each year under a new and interesting theme.

This year the prize calls for students and young architects to submit projects that exemplify the rapid development and innovation that is being witnessed in the architecture of . The competition aims to highlight projects of all scales, either built or conceptual, that showcase exceptional Korean design talent as well as projects that thoughtfully deal with the unique conditions whether geographical, social, political or cultural, pertaining to .

All proposals will be reviewed by an international jury panel and winners will be announced in May.  The jury includes Jeeyong An and Sang Hwa Lee of MANIFESTO, Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG, Sebastien Boissard of , Matteo Caimi of C&A Architecture, and Minsuk Cho of Mass Studies.

Prize winning entries and honorable mentions will be exhibited at the Korean Pavilion during the Design is Human Week 2011 event to be held from June 6th-12th in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more about MA and the annual Design is Human Week event here.

Pixel House / Mass Studies and Slade Architecture

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The Pixel House designed by Mass Studies in collaboration with Slade Architecture in , 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

S-Trenue Tower / Mass Studies

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Architects: Mass Studies
Location: Seoul,
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

ORDOS 100 #44: Mass Studies

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This villa is located in plot #57 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: Mass Studies
Project Team: Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park, Joungwon Lee, Hyunseok Jung, Sanghoon Lee, Cheonkang Park, Joonhee Lee, Kyungmok Park
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009-2010
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China
Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

Air Forest / Mass Studies

Sungpil Won
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Architects: Mass Studies - Minsuk Cho + Kisu Park
Location: City Park, Denver, Colorado,
Design team: Joungwon Lee,Bumhyun Chun, Kyungmin Kwon, Sungpil Won
Structure: Pneumatic
Construction: ABR
Finishing: Nylon fabric with silver dot printing
Gross floor Area: 673 sqm
Design year: 2004-2008
Construction year: 2008
Photographs: Sungpil Won /


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Korean Pavillion for Shanghai Expo 2010 / Mass Studies

Our friends from Mass Studies sent us their design for the Korean Pavillion for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.

The Korean Pavillion is situated in Zone A, directly neighboring the Japan Pavillion and the Saudi Arabia Pavillion, and in close proximity to the Pavilion. The site is around 6000m2, and it is one of the largest lots within the expo compound.

Located on the perimeter of the zone, the site takes advantage of the views out towards the Huangpu River and the Shanghai skyline in the distance.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

International firms invited by MAD to design “Huaxi City Centre” in China

MAD recently organized a collaborative masterplanning project in South West China. Ten young international architects were invited to take part in an urban experiment, to design a new city centre on a scenic natural site close to the city of Guiyang. The participating architects were: Atelier Manferdini (USA), BIG (DENMARK), Dieguez Fridman (ARGENTINA), EMERGENT/Tom Wiscombe (USA), HouLiang Architecture (CHINA), JDS (DENMARK/BELGIUM), MAD (CHINA), Mass Studies (KOREA), Rojkind Arquitectos (MEXICO), Serie (UK/INDIA), Sou Fujimoto Architects (JAPAN).

Seen on designboom.

Images after the break.