Swiss Embassy Competition Entry / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects

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Located in the Seodaemu-gu district of , the Swiss Embassy proposal by Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects stands as a pavilion sitting on four mushroom columns. Reaching the maximum authorized height, the project becomes part of the makeover that the neighborhood is about to undergo with its global and drastic transformations. The end result is a tree house like structure floating over a canopy of dense trees in an extremely urban context. More images and architects’ description after the break.

HouseWING / AnLstudio + Heebon

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Architects: AnLstudio, Heebon
Location: Jongro, , South
Design Team: Keehyun Ahn, Minsoo Lee, and Yongseok Kwon
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Sunghwan Yoon

Hyundai Advances Design Studion / Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

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Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Sebastian Brunke, Alejandro C. Carrera, Sabrina Miletich
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Poroscape / Younghan Chung + Studio Archiholic

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Architects: + Studio Archiholic
Location: Jongrogu, Seoul,
Architect In Charge: Younghan Chung
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 191.12 sqm
Photographs: Kim Jae kyeong, Park Jong min

Miega / BANG by MIN-Sae Min Oh

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Architects: BANG by MIN (Sae Min Oh)
Location: Seongbuk-dong, Seongbuk-gu, , Korea
Design Team: Changwook Kwak, Hyunduck Yoo
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 124.81 sqm
Photographs: Jungwoo Choi, Jaeyoon Kim

Seoul Memorial Park / Haeahn Architecture

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Architects: Haeahn Architecture
Location:
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Park Young-chae

Element house / Sami Rintala

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Architect: Sami Rintala
Landscape Architects: Eedo Space Architectural Design, Seúl, Republic of
Location: Anyang Park, Anyang, Seúl, Republic of Korea
Materials: Steel, Wood, Concrete, Gravel, Glass
Construction: October-December 2005
Finish: January 2006
Constructed Area: 72sqm
Client: Anyang City / Public Art Project
Collaborators: John Roger Holte, Artist, Norway; Finnforest, Wood
Photography: Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh

Seoul Floating Islands / Haeahn Architecture + H Architecture

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Architects: Haeahn Architecture + H Architecture
Location: , South Korea
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Haeahn Architecture

Video: A Conversation with Steven Holl inside the Daeyang Gallery & House

Journey through the flawless space of the Daeyang Gallery & House in and learn about the ideas behind the design from the legendary architect himself, Steven Holl.

Created by the architectural filmmakers from Spirit of Space, the first video takes you on a tour through the “miniature utopia” of the Daeyang Gallery & House. Although the notion of music plays as an underlining theme throughout the design, Holl encourages visitors to focus on the feelings that arise as the body moves through the space. He believes that “architecture can change the way you feel, like music… it can bring you into another world.”

MVRDV presents “Welcome to the Vertical Village” in Seoul

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“Welcome to the Vertical Village” is a new exhibition now open until October 7th at Total Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul .  The show is orchestrated by MVRDV and The Why Factory and is on its second run since opening in Taipei.  Each city has experience a different design of the exhibit, which allows visitors to walk through a giant model of a possible Vertical Village and experience the spatial richness and three dimensionality.  The exhibit explores “a city under rapid transformation” and the alternative to the “block attack” to find the ideal built environment.  The show features films, outdoor sculpture and a giant vertical village composed of more than 700 objects.
More on the exhibition after the break.

GWELL / JDS

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Architects: JDS; Partners in Charge Henning Stüben, Julien De Smedt
Location: Gangnam Bogeumjari District in Seoul,
Client: Shinyoung
Collaborators: Junglim Architects
Area: 38,000 m2
Budget: 33 million euros
Project Leader: Heechan Park
Team: Byeongmoo Moo, Francisco Villeda, Amanda Ripoll, Chris Zhongtian Yuan, Marvin Philipp, Mathilde Claus
Construction: Autumn 2012

JDS has been commissioned to design a hybrid office and hotel, the Officetel Building, for the new development area of Gangnam Bogeumjari District in Seoul, South .  The interesting mixed program, which includes retail, amenities and 700 compact living spaces, has resulted in a textured facade that responds to contextual issues such as sight lines and expose to natural light.

More about the project after the break.

The Creators Project: Mass Studies Visit

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The Creators Project, VICE and Intel’s art and technology initiative, recently visited Mass Studies, a world-famed Korean architecture firm in . They spoke to the company’s founder Minsuk Cho who explained how their ultimate goal is to shape a community through space. The vast scope of their work, informed by both pre and post-urbanized Korea can be seen in this video interview here.

Diagonal Tower / SOM

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SOM’s new 64-storey Diagonal Tower to be located in the developing commercial and mixed-use Yongsan International Business District in the heart of Seoul, South Korea, exudes a modern take on structural expressionism.  The tower progressively addresses the critical issues associated with skyscraper design in an iconic and refined manner. From structural and energy efficiency to reduced construction costs that the tower must meet, SOM have strove to integrate these aspects holistically into the overall aesthetics. More details after the break.

D-Cube City / Jerde

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Architect: Jerde
Location: , South
Year: 2011
Area: 320,000 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Kawano

Block H of the Yongsan International Business District (YIBD) / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) shared with us their design proposal for Block H of the (YIBD) in . The goal of YIBD is to create a new symbol for the 21st Century city; a new urban center that will include international business, living, entertainment, and shopping. Scheduled for completion in 2016, Block H consists of a luxury 5-Star hotel and high-end serviced residential building containing 167,225 square meters of space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

YIBD Block C1-20 / Tange Associates

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The new Yongsan International Business District (YIBD), which will be the new heart of , will be comparable only to a few other city centers on the global stage. As part of the district, the Block C1-20 building, designed by Tange Associates, is a metaphorical expression of the dynamic energy created by the Retail Valley and the building’s own diverse program. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Restaurant La Ville de Pins / BANG by MIN

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Architects: BANG by MIN (Sae Min Oh)
Location: Gangnam-gu, ,
Project Team: Changwook Kwak , Hyunduck Yoo
Project Area: 305.67 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Jungwoo Choi

Yongsan International Business District ‘Project 6′ / REX

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YIBD ‘Project R6’, designed by REX, is an urban boutique residence for short-term business people, young urban professionals, and foreign residents in , South . To meet the trends of its users and compensate for its small unit size, R6 must engender a strong sense of community and its residences must be highly attractive, providing generous views, daylight, and cross-ventilation. Maximizing daylight and cross-ventilation are also paramount to providing a highly sustainable residence. More images and architects’ description after the break.