Open Call: Competition to Re-Structure Seoul’s Seunsangga Citywalk

The Site

The objective of the “Re-Structuring Seunsangga Citywalk” competition in is to renovate the deck and nearby public space of Seunsangga Complex to improve the pedestrian environment and connect with surrounding areas of various nature and thereby re-establish a pedestrian axis from north to south through Bukaksan Mountain, Jongmyo~Seunsangga Complex, and Namsan Mountain. Not only is Seunsangga Complex ’s “urban-architectural heritage,” it is a compound of history, culture and industry that connects the surrounding area and various activities.

This project will revitalize Seunsangga Complex’s status as a center of pedestrian axis and urban industry by creating a space with new cultural value that will breathe life into the Seun District. The winning commission will be awarded “Phase 1 design contract.” More information and registration details, here.

Low Cost House / JYA-RCHITECTS

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Location: , Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Construction: Team of Ra Kwonsu
Area: 100.8 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hwang Hyochel

Chopsticks / studio VASE

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Architects: studio VASE
Location: Buam-dong, Jongno-gu, , Korea
Area: 95.67 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Woo-Jin Park

Yujin’s Jip-Soori / Moohoi Architecture Studio

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Location: Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Kim Jae-Kwan
Construction: Kim Jae-Kwan. Lee GI-Joo, Kim Tae-Hwan
Area: 127 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kim Jae-Kwan, Courtesy of Moohoi Architecture

Venice Biennale 2012: Walk in Architecture / Republic of Korea Pavilion

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The pavilion aspires to shed new light onto the status of Korean Architecture allowing the outside world to acquire a deeper and more in-depth understanding of what is currently relevant in the field of architecture in the country. “Walk in Architecture” expresses an idea and at the same time its paradox; it treats architecture as a place or a subject, like “Walk in Venice” or “Walk in a forest”. Walk is a collective action which combines associations: when you walk you think, you meditate, you observe, you dream, you wonder.

The exhibit is is supported by thin wooden supports, holding drawings, diagrams and video displays. Great examples from a country where pedestrians are taking more space than cars. This takes place at the Korean Pavilion at the Giardini, designed by Seok Chul Kim and Franco Mancuso in 1995.

Club Octagon / Urbantainer

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Architects: Urbantainer
Location: ,
Area: 2,600 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Namgoong Sun

The 243 Building / Hyun and Jeon Architectural Office

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Architect: Hyun and Jeon Architectural Office - Goon-Bo, Hyun, Phil-Gyou, Jeon of Hyun and Jeon Design Partners
Location: 243, Tanbeol-Dong, , Gyeonggi Do, Republic of Korea
Client: Woon-Ok, Jo
Project area: 593 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kim Dong-Kwan 

In Progress: Culture Forest / Unsangdong Architects

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Unsangdong Architects have nearly finished the steel structure of the “Culture Forest”, revealing the distinctive figure of the Culture & Art Center in SeongDong-gu, . Read the architect’s description and view schematic renderings on our previous post.

More photos after the break.

Architects: Unsangdong Architects – YoonGyoo Jang, ChangHoon Shin, SungMin Kim
Location: 656-323, SeongSu-dong, SeongDong-gu, , South Korea
Client: Municipality of SeongDong-gu
Structure: Steel framed reinforcement concrete
Use: welfare, education and research, culture, nursery school
Site Area: 1694m2
Bldg Area: 1001.77m2
Gross Floor Area: 9597.37m

Jugong Pavilion / poly.m.ur


Architect: poly.m.ur
Project Team: Homin Kim, Chris Yoo
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 6,300SqFt.
Contractor: Able P&D
Location: , Korea
Photography: poly.m.ur


International Competition Winner of Government Building in Sejong City / Tomoon Architects & Engineers

main view rendering

The 3-1 Zone of Government Building in Sejong City is a symbolic gate of the central administration town. The Urban Gate, where nature and citizen are together, and the Urban Plaza, which anybody can freely use, are planned for here. It is designed as a comfortable and cozy resting place shaped after nature. It will be used for various events including festivals and various culture and art activities. In terms of urban scale, the linear shape of existing master plan had been maintained.

Social Incubating Center / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

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Architects: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
Location: , Republic of Korea
Project Team: HyunjoonYoo, Yeongseop Yoon
Project Year: 2011
Project Areas: 680 sqm
Photographs: Seunghoon Yum

ChonGae Canal Restoration Project / Mikyoung Kim Design

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The ChonGae Canal Restoration Project is an ambitious redevelopment initiative that transformed the urban fabric of Seoul, Korea. This design was the winning project in an international competition and celebrates the source point of cleansed surficial and sub grade runoff from the city at the start of this seven mile green corridor. The main competition requirement was to highlight the future reunification of North and . The project symbolizes this political effort through the use of donated local stone from each of the eight provinces of North and . The individual stones act to frame the urban plaza and the eight source points where runoff is daylighted and represents the unified effort in the transformation of this urban center.

Landscape Architect: Mikyoung Kim Design
Location: Central Seoul, Korea
Owner/Client: Seoul Metropolitan Government
Project Area: 91,000 sqm [2.25 acres]
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Taeoh Kim, Robert Such

Jeju World Natural Heritage Center / poly.m.ur


is an island formed by volcanic activities and celebration of its distinctive geological features was one of the main objectives of the brief. The design started from answering the brief which explicitly requested that the scheme to symbolise the volcanic landscape of consists of caves and mounds. poly.m.ur viewed these two geological feature in terms of their morphological forma-tions – one as constructive space (volcanic mounds) and the other one as subtractive space (volcanic caves), and were repre-sented in the formation of the massing of our scheme.

Jeju University Cultural Heritage Center / poly.m.ur

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The design of the new Cultural Heritage Centre started from an attempt to interpret the cultural value of the traditional artifacts that are to be exhibited here with contemporary view. poly.m.ur was intrigued by the fact that these artifacts are exemplary in showing the influence of regional material on the life of early settlers, and they wanted their proposal to be seen as an object which can symbolize the local characteristics shaped by the abundant availability of basalt as raw material and the indigenous techniques of tool making.

Sweet Parliament Home / Andres Jaque Arquitectos

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Architects: Andres Jaque Arquitectos
Location: ,
Curator: Anthony Fontenot
Design team: Dagmar Stéeová (coordinator), Álvaro Carrillo, Roberto González, Jorge López Conde, Kristian Ly Serena, Silvia Rodríguez
Project year: 2011
Renders and drawings: Courtesy of Andres Jaque Arquitectos

Times Square / JUNGLIM Architecture

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Architects: JUNGLIN Architecture
Location: ,
Client: Kyungbang
Site area: 44 sqm
Photographs: Park Wansun

La-cubo / JUNGLIM Architecture

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Architects: JUNGLIM Architecture
Location: Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do,
Client: No Hyon Tae
Site area: 1,000 sqm
Photographs: Namgoong Sun

TT Project / BCHO Architects

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Architects: BCHO Architects
Location: ,
Project team: Kang Woo-hyun, Erik Horn, Park Gi-hyun, Pai Yong-eun, Nicholas Locke, Kwon Sung-Hwa, Seo Ji-young, Park Joo- hyun, Eric Druse
Project area: 4,403 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2010
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin, Wooseop Hwang