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 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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Location: 128-6 Yeonhui-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South
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, Seoul, South
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
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

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

Arumjigi Building / Kim Jongkyu +

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Architects: Kim Jongkyu,
Location: 35-32 Tongui-dong, Jongno-gu, ,
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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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 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

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Architects: thescape
Location: Gangnam-gu, Seoul,
Architect In Charge: KyungHwan Chun (
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 competition to design the National Park and Memorial in the Republic of ’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.