Dobongsan Car Park / Jae Kim | CoDeAU + Namoa Architects

© Kwang Sik Jung

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

War & Women’s Human Right Museum / Wise Architecture

© Kim Doo-Ho

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

© Nam Goong Sun

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

Danuri Kangnam Store / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

© Youngchae Park

Architects: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
Location: Seolleung-ro, Gangnam-gu, ,
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 Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

International Competition for Rehabilitating Mapo Oil Depot into a Cultural Depot Park

The Mapo Oil Depot is a valuable industrial legacy of but has been forgotten for quite some time since its original purpose was terminated. In an era of economic growth in Korea, a fresh approach is needed regarding this industrial legacy, which, ironically can survive in having been forgotten.

Deviating from conventional attitude, demolishing the old city and constructing the new, it is time to try to keep the memory and history of this old structure and to revive its uniqueness. As an attempt to get back not only the old structure but also the territory having been closed for decades to the people of Seoul, this project will be a meaningful beginning. The competition expects proposals that recover the existing facilities and territory, not only grant a series of programs onto the old structure. In this sense, the organization hopes that the International Competition for Culture Depot Park by Rehabilitating Mapo Oil Depot can show the direction to where architecture in Seoul should go.

The jury includes Toyo Ito, and the winning entry will be awarded with a design contract. Entries can be submitted until August 12. For more information please go to the competition’s official website.

ABC Building / Wise Architecture

© Chin HyoSook

Architects: Wise Architecture
Location: 695-39 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, , South Korea
Project Manager: Lee Jeong Hoon
Area: 163.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Chin HyoSook

Gilmosery / Kim in-cheurl+ARCHIUM

© Wansoon Park

Architects: Kim in-cheurl+ARCHIUM
Location: 42 Seocho-daero 46-gil, Seocho-gu, , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Jo joonyoung
Area: 1029.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Wansoon Park

5 Years Later, A Look Back on OMA’s Prada Transformer

© Iwan Baan

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of OMA’s Prada Transformer. This fantastical temporary structure, erected in 2009 adjacent to Gyeonghui Palace in Seoul, Korea, is one of ’ most popular projects to date. Composed of a stark white membrane stretched across four steel frame shapes, The Transformer was often referred to as an “anti-blob” –a hexagon, a rectangle, a cross, and a circle leaning against each other to create a tetrahedron-like object reminiscent of a circus tent.  The name Transformer came from the idea that any one of the pavilion’s sides could serve as the building’s floor, allowing for four unique spaces in one building devoted to exhibitions of modern art, fashion and design.

The Prada Transformer played host to four such events, being lifted up and repositioned onto a different face each time via crane. The first was a garment exhibition, displayed using the hexagonal  floor plan.  The second, a film festival that took place on the rectangular floor plan.  A fashion show was staged using the Transformer’s circular floor plan, and an art installation was shown using the cruciform floor plan.  As patron Miuccia Prada stated in an interview with The New York Times, “In my mind they [the arts] may be mixed but I want to keep them separate… So the Transformer concept was not for a generic space, but to be very specific, with all things separate in one building.”

We asked OMA’s Vincent McIlduff to tell us more about this project. See his answers, a photo gallery and a time-lapse video of the transformation after the break!

UNStudio’s Responsive Facade to Transform Seoul Office Tower


UNStudio has won a competition to remodel the Hanwha headquarters in . With an aim to transform a building into a symbol of the leading environmental technology company’s values, UNStudio’s winning scheme will replace the skyscraper’s opaque panelling and single layer of dark glass with an animated facade designed to reduce solar gain, increase natural light, generate energy, and interact with its surrounding. 

Urban Hive / ARCHIUM

© Park, Young-chae

Architects: ARCHIUM
Location: Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Kim In-cheurl
Area: 10,166 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Park, Young-chae

Dongdaemun Design Plaza / Zaha Hadid Architects

©  Virgile Simon Bertrand

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: 281 Euljiro-dong, Jung-gu, , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design Partners: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Zha Project Leader: Eddie Can Chiu-Fai
Zha Project Managers: Craig Kiner and Charles Walker
Zha Project Team: Kaloyan Erevinov, Hooman Talebi, Matthew Wong, Martin Self, Carlos S. Martinez, Camiel Weijenberg, Florian Goscheff, Maaike Hawinkels, Aditya Chandra, Andy Chang, Arianna Russo, Ayat Fadaifard, Josias Hamid, Shuojiong Zhang, Natalie Koerner, Jae Yoon Lee, Federico Rossi, John Klein, Chikara Inamura, Alan Lu
Zha Competition Team: Kaloyan Erevinov, Paloma Gormley, Hee Seung Lee, Kelly Lee, Andres Madrid, Deniz Manisali, Kevin McClellan, Claus Voigtmann, Maurits Fennis
Area: 89574.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs:  Virgile Simon Bertrand

Case Studies in Coastal Vulnerability: Boston, Seoul, Hamburg, Bangladesh & New York

Water floods the Plaza Shops in Manhattan after Superstorm Sandy, 2012. Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images.

This article originally appeared in the latest issue of ArchitectureBoston as “Troubled Waters.“ 

The challenges of sea-level rise cross boundaries of all sorts: geographic, political, social, economic. Proposed mitigation strategies will also necessarily shift and overlap. Here, we present five case studies from across the globe that offer intriguing ways—some operational, some philosophical—to address the threats associated with climate change. Drawing on a research initiative focused on vulnerabilities in Boston, a team at Sasaki Associates developed these additional design-strategy icons to illustrate the layered approaches. They are adaptable, the better to meet the unique demands of each coastal community.

PAPYRUS Glasses Shop / Archi@Mosphere

Courtesy of

Architects: Archi@Mosphere
Location: Seoul,
Area: 59.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Archi@Mosphere

HUB / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

© Jihye Choi

Architects: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
Location: Nokbeon-dong, Eunpyeong-gu, ,
Design Team: HyunjoonYoo, Jinsung Huh, Insil Son, Jaehong Park, Moonchul Choi, Sunkeun Hwang, Seungho Ham
Area: 3,200 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jihye Choi, Youngchae Park

SCL – Seoul Creative Lab / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

© Youngchae Park

Architects: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
Location: 5 Nokbeon-dong, Eunpyeong-gu, ,
Design Team: HyunjoonYoo, Jinsung Huh, Insil Son, Jaehong Mik, Moonchul Choi, Sunkeun Hwang, Seungho Ham, Hyuntak Cho
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Youngchae Park, Jihye Choi

Sang Seng Jae / Design Guild

© Hyo Chul Hwang

Architects: Design Guild
Location: , South Korea
Design Team: Haun Jun Choi, Sang Mi Jeong, Kang Kim, Jeong Young Chu
Chief Architect: Daewon Kwak
Area: 294.0 sqm
Photographs: Hyo Chul Hwang

Dragonfly / iArc Architects

© Archframe

Architects: iArc Architects
Location: Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Yoo, Kerl, Shin, Seunghyun
Co Architect: Lee, Jinwook
Design Team: Sohn, Kirak, Hong, Sungkwan, Kim, UiHun, Park, Sangkyu, Park, Youngsoo, Park, Jaehun, Park, Bumjin, Kang, Younggu, Hwang, JungHun, Lee, Hyungju
Area: 1,151 sqm
Photographs: Archframe

Seoul New City Hall / iArc Architects

© Archframe

Architects: iArc Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Yoo Kerl
Design Team: Insu Pak, Tesoc Hah, Kirak Sohn, Jumi Kim, Bokju Jeong,Taesu Kim, Sangkyu Park, Hyoyeop Lee, Hakyeon Kim, Seoneun Park, Gyeongeun Kim, Sangwoo Lee, Taehyuk Kwak, Sunghyeon Cho, Songi Park
Area: 7590.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Archframe