MVRDV to Transform Abandoned Highway in Seoul into Lush Skygarden


MVRDV has won a competition to transform an abandoned elevated highway next to Seoul‘s Central Station into a 938 meter-long skygarden. The ambitious project, dubbed the “Seoul Skygarden,” aims to “build on the city’s ambition to be greener, more attractive and more user-friendly,” while acting as a catalyst for the surrounding neighborhoods. 254 species of trees, shrubs and flowers will take over the overpass, creating a unique “library of plants” organized according to the Korean alphabet. Even more, the skygarden will cut pedestrian commutes to the station by more than half, reducing the walk from 25 to 11 minutes.

‘The Rock’ Sangsu-dong Office / designband YOAP architects

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Architects: designband YOAP architects
Location: Mapo-gu, ,
Architects In Charge: Shin, Hyun Bo; Ryu, In Keun; Kim, Doran
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shin Do Keun

Office PARK-NG / IROJE KHM Architects

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Architects: IROJE KHM Architects
Location: Yeouido, 3 Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, , South Korea
Architect In Charge: HyoMan Kim
Design Team: Kyung Jin-Jung, SeungHee-Song, Su Kyung-Jang
Contractor: Jehyo
Area: 304.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: JongOh Kim

Residence Hall of Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary / SAC International

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Architects: SAC International
Location: Gwangjang-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Kyung-sik Hong
Area: 6528.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jae-kyung Kim/ jae-kyung Kim Studio

HWA HUN / IROJE KHM Architects

Architects: IROJE KHM Architects
Location: Pyeongchang-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South
Architect In Charge: HyoMan Kim
Area: 441.0 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

adidas Superstar Hall of Fame / URBANTAINER

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Location: 524-34 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South
Creative Director: YounjinJeong, Jinyoung Yoon
Space Design Team: Sujung Lee, Donhee Yoon
Brand Design Team: Minjeong Choi
Area: 355.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Young Kim_Indipos

The White Cone House / apparat-c

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Architects: apparat-c
Location: Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Seewoong Lee, Yeonyung Choi, Pedro Ferreira
Construction: Yinsigak
Area: 331.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Namsun Lee

Hannam-Dong HANDS Corporation Headquarters / THE_SYSTEM LAB

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Architects: THE_SYSTEM LAB
Location: 104 Hannam-daero, Yongsan-gu, , South Korea
Design Team: Choonglyeol Lee, Sanghyun Park, Jongkil Kim, Jinchul Choi
Design: Chanjoong Kim
Area: 433.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yongkwan Kim

KHVatec Headquarter / THE_SYSTEM LAB

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Architects: THE_SYSTEM LAB
Location: 1451-39 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Chanjoong Kim
Design Team: Younghwan Kim, Chungryul Lee, Sanghyun Park, Jinman Choi, Jinchul Choi
Area: 462.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yongkwan Kim

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

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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.

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: Seoul, South
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, , South
Architect In Charge: Dongjin Kim
Year: 2012
Photographs: Park Wan-soon

The Happiness Foundation / THE_SYSTEM LAB

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Architects: THE_SYSTEM LAB
Location: 60 Jangmun-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South
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: Seoul,
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, South
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