White house / Design band YOAP

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Architects: Design band YOAP
Location: Bangbae-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Doran Kim, Inkeun Ryu, Hyunbo Shin
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jae-Wook Cho

Rest Hole in the University of Seoul / UTAA

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Architects: UTAA
Location: Jeonnong-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul,
Design Team: UTAA, Architectural Students of the University of Seoul (Lee Sang-Myeong, Ha Ki-Seong, Baek Jong-Ho)
Area: 180 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jin Hyo-suk, Kim Yong-soon, Courtesy of UTAA

Velo Towers / Asymptote Architecture

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Asymptote‘s Velo Towers, designed for the Yongsan master plan in Seoul, , are formed by vertical cluster of cylindrical volumes which were strategically stacked and rotated to maximize views, privacy and environmental conditions. Consisting of eight distinct residential components, each cluster is carefully choreographed to establish a strong visual connection with the adjacent Yongsan Park and distant Han River. These clusters are complimented by a series of roof gardens, shared amenities and internal circulation spaces centered around light filled open atriums.

House in Hyojadong / Min Soh + Gusang Architectural Group + Kyoungtae Kim

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Architects: Min Soh + Gusang Architectural Group + Kyoungtae Kim
Location: Hyoja-dong, Jongno-gu, , South Korea
Principal: Jin Hee Cho
Design Team: , Jin Hee Cho, Kyoungtae Kim, Sung Young Kim, Kyoungdon Kim, Hannah Lee
Area: 254.12 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Namgoong Sun

National Library of Sejong City / Samoo Architects &Engineers

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Architects: Samoo Architects &Engineers
Location: Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, , South Korea
Collaboration: KeunJeong Architects & Engineers Inc
Area: 21076.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Young Chae Park

Invisible Skyscraper Unveiled for Seoul

Infinity Tower / GDS Architects. Image Courtesy of fastcodesign.com

California-based GDS Architects‘ new proposal, dubbed Infinity Tower, is designed to disappear from its Korean skyline. How? Cameras will be mounted at six strategic points; thousands of screens on the facade will then broadcast the real-time photos captured and logged by the cameras. Though no estimated completion date has been announced, the developers have received construction permits to break ground. More about this incredible vanishing act and how it’s done at Fast Co-Design.

Honeybee Lounge / poly.m.ur

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Architects: poly.m.ur
Location: Seoul, South
Design Team: Seungjun Oh, Sunki Whang, Jaeho Song, Hyunju Lim, Jiin Kim
Area: 208.02 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin, Megabox

Magok Central Plaza Winning Proposal / Wooridongin Architects

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Located in the intersection of the pedestrian axis of Festival Street within the heart of Magok city in Seoul, the competition winning proposal by Wooridongin Architects for the Magok Central Plaza weaves itself into the surrounding city. The plaza is a great traffic node since it is where the subway lines 5, 9 and Incheon Airport train cross. Its close location to Han River greenery and ecosystem aligning with the River, Jungang Park and Green Area Connectors makes it to be part of a continuous open space system. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Jaehoon’s Jip-Soori / Moohoi Architecture Studio

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Architects: Moohoi Architecture Studio
Location: , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Kim Jae-Kwan
Construction: Kim Jae-Kwan. Lee GI-Joo, Kim Tae-Hwan
Area: 298 sqm
Photographs: Park Young-Che, Courtesy of Moohoi Architecture Studio

Beyond the Screen / OBBA

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Architects: OBBA
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Sojung Lee, Sangjoon Kwak
Area: 128 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin, Courtesy of OBBA

Lotte Amoje, Food Capital / Karim Rashid

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Architects: Karim Rashid
Location: Seoul, South
Design Team: Juliette Hyunju Lee, Alex Loyer Hughes, Kamala Hutauruk, Mike Gibson, Mana Mohammadkhani
General Contactor: Kingsmen Korea
Area: 900 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lee Gyeon Bae

Yujin’s Jip-Soori / Moohoi Architecture Studio

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Architects: Moohoi Architecture Studio
Location: , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Kim Jae-Kwan
Construction: Kim Jae-Kwan. Lee GI-Joo, Kim Tae-Hwan
Area: 127 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kim Jae-Kwan, Courtesy of Moohoi Architecture

Chungha Building / MVRDV

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Architects: MVRDV
Location: Seoul, Korea
Co Architect & Project Management: InC Design
Consultants: Ain Construction, 1’st Structure, Total and M&S Ceramic
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

‘Mood Map’ Exhibit / E/B Office

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Built and exhibited at “Data Curation” in the Museum of Art at Seoul National University, ‘Mood Map’ visualizes the moods of Korean people in color and light through textual analysis of their Tweets on Twitter. Designed by E/B Office, they created a custom software program in Processing that will search and analyze Tweets in Korean language through the Twitter API. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Naegok V house / jhy architect & associates

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Architects: jhy architect & associates
Location: , Korea
Architect In Charge: Joo Heon, Yu
Design Team: Seong woo, Park
Area: 294 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kyung sub, Shin

A+animal Hospital / jhy architect & associates

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Architects: jhy architect & associates
Location: Seodaemun-gu, , Korea
Design Team: Seong woo, Park
Area: 53 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kyung sub, Shin

Changing the Mapo Oil Reserve Base Competition

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Open to students and professionals, the Seoul Metropolitan Government just launched the international ideas competition for the first step to changing the Mapo Oil Reserve Base, a relic of the industrial era. Located in Sangam, this area was once an abandoned mountain of waste, but now stands as a state-of-the-art city that leads the future of Seoul. Aiming to achieve a communication and co-existence between people and nature, the oil reserve base will be returned to the citizens through the ideas of students and professionals who reflect the meaning and value of the land and regenerate the space to meet this new era’s core values of environment & ecology and sustainable future. The deadline for submissions is August 23. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

‘Plushscape’ Installation at Interspace Dialogue Exhibition / ALLTHATISSOLID

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Taking place at the Seoul Museum of Art, the ‘Total Theatre: Interspace Dialogue’ exhibition is featuring the Plushscape installation by Max Kuo of ALLTHATISSOLID. Curated by Regina Shin, the exhibition, which is also a film festival, borrows Gropius and Piscator’s concept of a new kind of theatre to realize a cinema inside of the white cube of a museum. In response to the curatorial agendas of Interspace Dialogue, Plushscape seeks to agitate and amplify the somatic conditions of the viewers’ bodies providing more spatial possibilities in their haptic response to the screening films. More images and architects’ description after the break.