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

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Architects: , 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

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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, Seoul,
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  ”: 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

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Architects: thescape
Location: Gangnam-gu, , South Korea
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: , South Korea
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 competition 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.

Mondang / AnLstudio

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Architects: AnLstudio
Location: Jongno 5(o)-ga, 124-8 Jongno 5(o)-ga, Jongno-gu, , South Korea
Area: 34.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Inigo Bujedo Aguirre

Tree-Like Skyscraper Takes Urban Farming to Next Level

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Urban farming is nothing new, but Aprilli Design Studio‘s proposal for a completely open-air skyscraper does put a novel spin on the sustainable ideal. Instead of tacking greenery onto roofs and balconies, they incorporate agriculture into  by dedicating entire buildings to the cause. To learn more about the tree-like design, check out Fast Company’s article here.

The Power of Paint: Three Case Studies on Colour in Architecture

Based at the Architectural Association school of Architecture and linked to the Phd research program at UIAV, Saturated Space takes a comprehensive look at the “grammar” and history of colour in architecture, the perceptual and phenomenological principles of colour in relation to the human subject, and the socio-political aspects of colour as a culturally active agent. This article, written by architect and CLOG editor Jacob Reidel, originally appeared as “Powerful Colours” on Saturated Space‘s website, a forum for the sharing, exploration, and celebration of colour in Architecture.

Let’s admit it, architects are suspicious—if not a little scared—of colour. How else to explain the default contemporary architect’s preference for exposed finishes such as concrete, brick, , stone, and wood? Perhaps this is because an architect’s choice of applied colour may often seem one of the most subjective—and hence least defensible—decisions to be made over the course of a project.* Indeed, applied colour seldom performs from a technical standpoint, and it is the architect’s taste, pure and simple, which is often on the line whenever a specific colour is proposed to the client. Or perhaps architects’ mistrust of applied colour owes something to the profession’s well-known controlling tendencies and the fact that colour is one of the most mutable aspects of a building; better, we architects are instructed, to focus on “important” and “architectural” decisions such as form, space, materials, program, and organization. Indeed, it is far easier for a future owner to repaint a wall than it is to move it.

Dobongsan Car Park / Jae Kim | CoDeAU + Namoa Architects

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Architects: Jae Kim | CoDeAU,
Location: Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Jae K. Kim, Joonbok Lee
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kwang Sik Jung, Sungmin Yoon

War & Women’s Human Right Museum / Wise Architecture

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Architects: Wise Architecture
Location: Mapo-gu, ,
Design Team: Sook Hee Chun, Young Chul Jang, Jiyong Park, Kuhyeon Kwon, Aram Yun
Area: 785 sqm
Photographs: Kim Doo-Ho

SAI Playground / Moon Hoon

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Architects: Moon Hoon
Location:Gangnam-gu, Seoul,
Design Team: Kim Sung, Kim Taehyeong
Area: 330 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nam Goong Sun

Danuri Kangnam Store / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

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Architects: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
Location: Seolleung-ro, Gangnam-gu, , South Korea
Design Team: HyunjoonYoo, Jinsung Heo, Jeahong Kim, Munchul Choi, Sungeun Hwang, Hyuntak Cho, Seungho Ham
Area: 257 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Youngchae Park, Courtesy of