Suo-jae: The House to Uphold Myself / Studio GAON

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Architects: Studio GAON
Location: 164-11 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South
Architect In Charge: Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh
Area: 65.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Young-chae Park

Givenchy Flagship Store in Seoul / Piuarch

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Architects: Piuarch
Location: ,
Client: Givenchy Group
Area: 404.0 sqm
Photographs: Shin Kyungsub

Tropism of Wild Flower / L’EAU design

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Architects: L’EAU design
Location: 49-27 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, ,
Architect In Charge: Dongjin Kim
Year: 2012
Photographs: Park Wan-soon

The Happiness Foundation / _SYSTEM LAB

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Architects: _SYSTEM LAB
Location: 60 Jangmun-ro, Yongsan-gu, ,
Design: Chanjoong Kim
Design Team: Sanghyun Park,Younghwa Kim, Jinman Chol, Byungsik Lim
Structure: RC
Area: 1242.0 sqm
Photographs: Yongkwan Kim

Kyung Hee Cyber University ACAPeace Building Renovation / Chiasmus Partners

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Architects: Chiasmus Partners
Location: , South Korea
Design Team: Hyunho Lee AIA, James Wei Ke, Kyungmin Kim, Myung shin Kang, Kiryung Kim, Youngjong Park, Narae Yang
Area: 478.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Youngchae Park

Yoon Space Design’s Egg-Shaped Beach Pod Offers Shelter in Unexpected Places

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It’s a beach shelter like you have never seen before: meet Albang, the relaxation pod of the future, an oval space with a flexible interior plan optimized for sleeping, socializing, or relaxing. In Albang, located in Gangwon-do province on South Korea‘s coastline, aerodynamics, vivid colour, and clever design meet minimalist futuristic architecture. Realized by Korean firm Yoon Space Design, Albang was designed to replace traditional means of temporary habitation, blending the functionality of pod hotels with the efficiency of a simple tent for camping.

Enter Albang’s flexible and colourful ovoid pods after the break 

Songpa Micro Housing / SsD

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Architects: SsD
Location: Seoul,
Architects In Charge: Jinhee Park AIA, John Hong, SsD
Photographs: Courtesy of SsD

GL Com Headquarters / jhyana

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Location: Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South
Architect In Charge: Joo Heon, Yu
Design Team: Park, Sung-woo
Area: 323.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shin Kyung Sub

Marronnier Park / METAA

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Architects: METAA
Location: 124-1 Donsung-don, Jongno-gu, , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Jongho Yi, Euijung Woo
Architecture Design : Sangjin Yi, H-Sung Kim, young-b kim, Minkyu Sang, Sekyung Huh, Eunsuk Lee
Area: 998.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of METAA

Snow Hotel / 1990 uao + Archigroup MA

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Architects: 1990 uao, Archigroup MA
Location: Banpo-daero 14-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul,
Architect In Charge: archigroup ma
Area: 3771.0 sqm
Photographs: Sun Namgoong, MTO

Dogok Office Remodeling / DIA Architecture

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Architects: DIA Architecture
Location: 425 Dogok-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Chung Hyuna
Design Team: Oh Seunghyun
Area: 941.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin, Courtesy of DIA Architecture

Nonhyun Limelight Music Consulting / Dia Architecture

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Location: 64-21 Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Chung Hyuna
Design Team: Lim Seoyeon
Area: 589.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

Studio Origin Represents Seoul in the UIA 2014 World Congress

Interior View. Image © Studio Origin

This year’s UIA World Congress was held in Durban, South Africa, and saw the participation of many well-respected firms. Representing South were Kang Jun Lee and Yung A Kim of Studio Origin, whose pavilion highlighted the city of Seoul. Meant to herald the city as the host for the 2017 World Congress, their carefully arranged design offers space for a number of different promotional displays. See the details on this unique structure, after the break.

Designers Explore an Entirely New Use for Shipping Containers in Seoul’s Design District

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Fashion, design and architecture collide in Zaha Hadid’s recently completed Dongdaemun Design Plaza, one South Korea‘s most popular tourist destinations. Commissioned by the Design Plaza’s Supervisor of Public Space Young Joon Kim of yo2 Architects, the latest development for the plaza is a series of compact kiosks designed to activate the expansive public space surrounding the new building. One of ten teams invited to submit ideas for these new kiosks, Amsterdam-based NL Architects developed a series of impermanent but practical solutions for the plaza. Using new methods for reuse of standard shipping containers, the team proposed a host of kiosks, with two of their designs – an information booth and a miniature exhibition space – being accepted for construction.

See all of NL Architects’  Zaha-inspired shipping container kiosks after the break

HAEAHN and Haenglim Take Second Place in KOMIPO Power Plant Design Competition

Perspective View. Image Courtesy of HAEAHN

Claiming second place in a recent competition for Korea Midland Power (KOMIPO), HAEAHN Architects, in partnership with Haenglim, have put forth a daring new design that combines power plant and office building. The dual use structure, which will include a park and a restaurant, was conceived as a way of breaking the raw, industrial image of the traditional power plant. In keeping with this idea, the design would be built over and replace Danginlee, the first power plant ever constructed in South Korea. The architects intended for the new plant to commemorate the old, while at the same time attracting more local traffic to the area. See the details of this award-winning design, after the break.

YeonHuiDong Gallery / _SYSTEM LAB

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Architects: _SYSTEM LAB
Location: 128-6 Yeonhui-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Chanjoong Kim, Taek Hong
Design Team: Hyunsoo Park (Project manager), Juheon Lee, Minchul Kim
Site Area: 334 sqm
Area: 499.0 sqm
Photographs: Jaekyeong Kim

Gangnam Commercial Buliding / _SYSTEM LAB

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Location: 16-9 Dosan-daero 45-gil, Gangnam-gu, , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Chanjoong Kim, Taek Hong
Design Team: Kyunam Song(project manager), Hyunsoo Park, Younghwan Kim, Youngjin Cho, Chulmin Ahn
Area: 919.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yongkwan Kim

M Plaza / Manifesto Architecture

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Architects: Manifesto Architecture
Location: 31-1 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, , South Korea
Executive Architect: Dong-il Architecture
Area: 110300.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin