M Plaza / Manifesto Architecture

© Kyungsub Shin

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

Fortress Brick House / Wise Architecture

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Architects: Wise Architecture
Location: Sindang, Sindang-dong, Jung-gu, ,
Area: 454.0 sqm
Photographs: Roh Kyung

Transparent Landscape / UnSangDong Architects

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Architects: UnSangDong Architects
Location: Seoul,
Architects In Charge: Jang Yoon Gyoo, Kim Mi Jung
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Casa Geometrica / JOHO Architecture

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Architects: JOHO Architecture
Location: Gangnam-gu, ,
Architect In Charge: Jeonghoon LEE
Design Team: Il-Sang Yoon, Gae-hee Cho, Moonyoung Jeong
Area: 179.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sun Namgoong, Courtesy of JOHO Architecture

Seongdong Cultural & Welfare Center / UnSangDong Architects

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Architects: UnSangDong Architects
Location: Seongsu, 300-1 Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga, Seongdong-gu, , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Jang Yoon Gyoo, Shin Chang Hoon
Design Team: Kim Sung Min, Kim Min Tae, Seo Hye Lim, Ryu Sam Yeol, Ahn Hye Joon, Kim Won Il, Ahn Boo Young, Kim Mi Jung, Jo Eun Chong
Area: 1014.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Time Stacking House / JOHO Architecture

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Architects: JOHO Architecture
Location: 78-3 Gugi-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Jeonghoon LEE
Area: 98.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sun Namgoong, Courtesy of

Buam-dong House / JYA-RCHITECTS

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Architects: JYA-RCHITECTS
Location: Buam-dong, Jongno-gu, , South Korea
Construction: Team of Ra kwonsu
Area: 92.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hwang hyochel

Arumjigi Building / Kim Jongkyu + m.a.r.u.network

© Kyungsub Shin

Architects: Kim Jongkyu, m.a.r.u.network
Location: 35-32 Tongui-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Kim Jongkyu , Choi Jonghoon
Design Team: Jang Byul, Choi Sunwoo, Jung Youngju, Jung Eunju
Area: 1190.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin, Jonathan Lovekin

Part to Whole / HG-A | LIVE COMPONENTS

© Kyungsub Shin

Architects: HG-A | LIVE COMPONENTS
Location: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, 30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

LOISIR / Nordic Bros. Design Community

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Architects: Nordic Bros. Design Community
Location: 7 Itaewon-ro 55na-gil, Yongsan-gu, , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Yong-hwan Shin
Constructor: Nordic Bros. Design Community / Seong-Won Park
Area: 170.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community

“Seoul: Towards a Meta-City” Exhibition Opens in Berlin

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On Thursday, the Aedes Network Campus Berlin (ANCB) Metropolitan Laboratory hosted a symposium to mark the opening of the exhibition ”: Towards a New City,” in collaboration with the City of Seoul. The city has identified three key objectives to help them strike a balance between restoration and change when moving forward with future development: revival of history, restoration of nature, and renewal of people’s lives. Seven projects that reflect these goals are on display at the exhibition. For more details, continue reading after the break.

Chinese Boxes / thescape

© SungKyung Choi

Architects: thescape
Location: Gangnam-gu, Seoul,
Architect In Charge: KyungHwan Chun (jaeminahyo.com)
Area: 237.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: SungKyung Choi

Hyundai Card Travel Library / Wonderwall

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Architects: Wonderwall
Location: Seoul,
Area: 372.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nacása & Partners Inc.

PWFERRETTO Propose an “Active Monument” as Seoul’s Seosomun Memorial Park

Memorial Wall. Image Courtesy of / ESOU Architects

PWFERRETTO, a practice split between London and Seoul, have won second place in a to design the National Park and Memorial in the Republic of Korea’s capital. In materialising the boundary of the site into an “active monument” that reconnects the forgotten history of the park into “a memorial for the Catholic martyrs who lost their life fighting for their beliefs,” the design hinges around the site’s constant struggle between belonging and being excluded from the city it is a part of. This paradoxical “inclusive / exclusive” premise is the starting point for the designers’ conceptual approach.

“Expansion and Conflict”: 13th International Docomomo Conference 2014

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How has the advancement of the Modern Movement design ethos, through geo-political from the Western world, challenged the cultural foundation and aesthetic heritage of Asia?

The 13th International Docomomo Conference, hosted in Asia for the first time, seeks to explore the powerful complexities of expansion and conflict. Examining the effects of the expansion of a Eurocentric design philosophy into distinctly individual, pre-existing yet violently colonized cultures, the organization declares that “conflict is not necessarily a pejorative but…a challenge for the future.”

Joseph Rykwert among the Winners of the 2014 UIA Prizes

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At the UIA World Congress last week, Joseph Rykwert was awarded the Jean Tschumi Prize for his work in architectural criticism and teaching over the past six decades. The prize adds to a fantastic year for Rykwert in which he received the RIBA Gold Medal and was awarded a CBE by the Queen. Read on after the break for all the winners of the 2014 Prizes.

KPF’s Lotte World Tower Jeopardized by Mysterious Sinkholes

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Construction is well underway for KPF’s Lotte World Tower in Seoul, however the mysterious appearance of sinkholes in the surrounding area – as reported by CNN - has brought on a slew of safety concerns. Authorities have been unable to determine the cause of the sinkholes which have appeared in a number of locations around ’s Songpa District, although they have ruled out sewerage as a possibility. To learn more about the bizarre phenomenon putting the 123-story tower under scrutiny, click here.

UNStudio Revamps Hanwha Offices with Shimmering LED Facade

Exterior View- Night. Image © UNstudio

With a glittering exterior that benefits both the interior and the exterior, UNStudio’s renovation proposal for Hanwha headquarters has recently won them first place in a to redesign the company’s office tower. Located in Seoul, South Korea, the tower is sited in the busy Cheonggyecheon district of the city. The new design will help to visually reestablish Hanwha as a leader in environmental technology, both in Korea and internationally.