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

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 

© Gimyoun Song © Gimyoun Song © Gimyoun Song © Gimyoun Song

GL Com Headquarters / jhyana

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

© Shin Kyung Sub © Shin Kyung Sub © Shin Kyung Sub © Shin Kyung Sub

Marronnier Park / METAA

  • Architects: METAA
  • Location: 124-1 Donsung-don, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 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
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of METAA

Courtesy of METAA Courtesy of METAA Courtesy of METAA Courtesy of METAA

Snow Hotel / 1990 uao + Archigroup MA

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

© Sun Namgoong © MTO © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong

Dogok Office Remodeling / DIA Architecture

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

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin

Nonhyun Limelight Music Consulting / Dia Architecture

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

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin

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

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

Courtesy of NL Architects Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects Courtesy of NL Architects

Studio Origin Represents Seoul in the UIA 2014 World Congress

This year’s UIA World Congress was held in Durban, South Africa, and saw the participation of many well-respected firms. Representing South Korea 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.

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

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.

Restaurant Interior. Image Courtesy of HAEAHN Atrium Interior. Image Courtesy of HAEAHN Interior View. Image Courtesy of HAEAHN Lobby Interior. Image Courtesy of HAEAHN

YeonHuiDong Gallery / _SYSTEM LAB

  • Architects: _SYSTEM LAB
  • Location: 128-6 Yeonhui-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • 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

© Jaekyeong Kim © Jaekyeong Kim © Jaekyeong Kim © Jaekyeong Kim

Gangnam Commercial Buliding / _SYSTEM LAB

  • Architects: _SYSTEM LAB
  • Location: 16-9 Dosan-daero 45-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 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
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Yongkwan Kim

© Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim

M Plaza / Manifesto Architecture

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

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin

Fortress Brick House / Wise Architecture

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

© Roh Kyung © Roh Kyung © Roh Kyung © Roh Kyung

Transparent Landscape / UnSangDong Architects

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Casa Geometrica / JOHO Architecture

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

© Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong

Time Stacking House / JOHO Architecture

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

© Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong