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

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

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

Part to Whole / HG-A | LIVE COMPONENTS

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

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

LOISIR / Nordic Bros. Design Community

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

Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community

"Seoul: Towards a Meta-City" Exhibition Opens in Berlin

On Thursday, the Aedes Network Campus Berlin (ANCB) Metropolitan Laboratory hosted a symposium to mark the opening of the exhibition "Seoul: 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

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

© SungKyung Choi © SungKyung Choi © SungKyung Choi © SungKyung Choi

PWFERRETTO Propose an "Active Monument" as Seoul's Seosomun Memorial Park

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.

Church Interior. Image Courtesy of PWFERRETTO / ESOU Architects View of the Church and main Plaza. Image Courtesy of PWFERRETTO / ESOU Architects Sunken Plaza. Image Courtesy of PWFERRETTO / ESOU Architects Model. Image Courtesy of PWFERRETTO / ESOU Architects

"Expansion and Conflict": 13th International Docomomo Conference 2014

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

Joseph Rykwert among the Winners of the 2014 UIA Prizes

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 UIA Prizes.

KPF's Lotte World Tower Jeopardized by Mysterious Sinkholes

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 Seoul'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 Courtesy of UNstudio
Exterior View- Night. Image Courtesy of 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 competition 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

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

© Inigo Bujedo Aguirre © Inigo Bujedo Aguirre © Inigo Bujedo Aguirre © Inigo Bujedo Aguirre

Tree-Like Skyscraper Takes Urban Farming to Next Level

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 cities 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, COR-TEN steel, 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

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

© Sungmin Yoon © Kwang Sik Jung © Kwang Sik Jung © Kwang Sik Jung

War & Women's Human Right Museum / Wise Architecture

  • Architects: Wise Architecture
  • Location: 39-13 Seongsan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team: Sook Hee Chun, Young Chul Jang, Jiyong Park, Kuhyeon Kwon, Aram Yun
  • Area: 785.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Kim Doo-Ho

© Kim Doo-Ho © Kim Doo-Ho © Kim Doo-Ho © Kim Doo-Ho

Danuri Kangnam Store / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

  • Architects: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
  • Location: 838 Seolleung-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team: HyunjoonYoo, Jinsung Heo, Jeahong Kim, Munchul Choi, Sungeun Hwang, Hyuntak Cho, Seungho Ham
  • Area: 257.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park, Courtesy of Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park