H&M Seoul Store / Universal Design Studio

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Universal Design Studio has designed the exterior façade for the H&M Korean flagship store in . This is based on the distinctive modular design of other locations and projects for the brand.

Universal Design Studio has accentuated the three-dimensional appearance of the facade by using small and large-scale perforations to produce tonal contrast and visual depth to the pleated cladding. The façade comes alive at night when concealed illumination turns the store into a dramatically lit beacon. The three-storey-high sculptural relief creates an effect that softens the hard, dominant lines of the existing building structure.

Paik Nam June Media Bridge / Planning Korea

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Korean creative director Byung Ju Lee of Planning Korea announced a new paradigm in bridge called ‘Paik Nam June Media Bridge’ in , Korea. Connecting Dangi-li Power Plant (which has a plan to be redeveloped into public cultural space) in the north and The National Assembly Building in the south, this bridge shows the first example of ‘a city expanded to the river’.  Similar to the Thames River and the Seine River, the Han River in crosses the center of a city, however is of a much larger scale.  There are almost 30 bridges over the Han River, but most of them were made of steel and concrete construction.  Paik Nam June Media Bridge approaches the concept of crossing the Han River in a more sculptural, futuristic, and eco-friendly way. Inspired by the water strider, the overall shape is organic, with a sleek streamlined outline. This mega structure bridge is covered with solar panels to generate energy by itself, and totals a length of 1080m.

Culture Forest / Unsangdong Architects

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Unsangdong Architects shared with us their 1st prize winning project “Culture Forest”, a Culture & Art Center located in SeongDong-gu, Republic of . The project is expected to be completed next year. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Amore Pacific Research & Design Center / Alvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Kim Jong Kyu

FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architects: Alvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Kim Jong Kyu
Location: Yongin-si, , South Korea
Practice in Portugal:
Coordinator: Pedro Carvalho
Collaborators: Eliana Sousa, Im Yo Jin, Ricardo Serra, Patrícia Carvalho, João Figueiredo
Practice in Korea: M.A.R.U. Metropolitan Architecture Research Unit
Coordinator: Kim Soo Young
Collaborators: Min Jun Kee, Jang Byul, Kim Young Soon, Lee Zoo Hwa
Project Area: 26,029 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: FG+SG –Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Korean Institute for Archaeology & Environment / Hohyun Park + Hyunjoo Kim

© Jungmin Seok

Architect: Hohyun Park + Hyunjoo Kim
Location: 248 Seochang-dong, Jochiwon-eup, Yongigun, Chungchongnamdo Korea
Project Team: Yonggoo Lee, Seong gon Cho
Client: Korean Institute for Archaeology & Environment
Construction: COA Construction
Site Area: 4,298 sqm
Building Area: 847.99 sqm
Total Floor Area: 2,497.02 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Jungmin Seok &

Mimesis Museum / Alvaro Siza + Castanheira & Bastai Arquitectos Associados + Jun Sung Kim

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architects: Alvaro Siza + Castanheira & Bastai Arquitectos Associados + Jun Sung Kim
Location: Paju Book City,
Project Coordinator: Dalila Gomes
Construction Coordinator: Young-il Park
Collaborators: Chungheon Han, João Figueiredo
Client: Open Books Publishing Co.
Structure: Gayoon ENC
Mechanical Installations: Hansan Engineering Co.
Electricity: Jung-Myoung Engeneering Group Co.
Construction Company: Hanool Construction Co.
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Earth House / BCHO Architects

© Wooseop Hwang

Architect: Byoungsoo Cho
Location: Yangpyeong-gun, ,
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

Life & Power Press Cultural Topography / Unsangdong Architects

© Namgoong Sun

Architects:
Location: Paju book city, Gyoha-eup, Paju-si, , Republic of Korea
Design Team: Jang Yoon-Gyu, Shin Chang-Hoon
Site area: 727.2㎡
Building area: 352.5㎡
Gross floor area: 995.77㎡
Construction period: June 2005 – February 2006
Photography: Namgoong Sun

Kring Kumho Culture Complex / Unsangdong Architects

Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects Cooperation

Architects: Unsangdong Architects
Location: 968-3, Daechi-dong, Gangnam, Seoul,
Site Area: 4,110.9 m2
Building Area: 3,153.58 m2
Gross Floor Area: 7,144.53 m2
Design Period: May 2007 – July 2008
Photography: Unsangdong Architects Cooperation

Gallery Yeh / Unsangdong Architects

Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects

Architects: Unsangdong Architects
Location: SinsaDong, GangNam, Seoul,
Design Team: Jang Yoon Gyoo, Shin Chang Hoon
Construction: GuJin Industrial Development Co.Ltd
Client: Lee Sook Young
Site area: 567.5m2
Gross floor area: 1,995.14m2
Photography: Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects

AD Round Up: Projects by IROJE KHM Architects

Today, South Korea made it to South Africa’s World Cup Round of 16. We imagine that at IROJE KHM Architects they must be very happy. So to congratulate them, we decided to remember five amazing houses designed by them previously featured in ArchDaily. Check them all after the break.

Island House
This site, where is floating on river and confronted the graceful landscape, was strongly recognized to me as a part of nature, from the first time that I met. From then, I started to visualize “the architectural nature” as a place of recreation. While maximizing the efficiency of landuse, the leaner mass, that cherishes the courtyard where is filled with the water and the greenery, was laid out on this site along the irregular formed site line (read more…)