D-Cube City / Jerde

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Architect: Jerde
Location: , South Korea
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 Seoul. 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 Seoul, 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.

Kukje Gallery / SO-IL

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Architects: SO-IL
Location: , South Korea
Design Team: Florian Idenburg (partner), Jing Liu (partner), Iannis Kandyliaris, Cheon-Kang Park, Sooran Kim
Architect Of Record: Jong Ga Architects
Total Floor Area: 1,260 sqm
Site Area: 800 sqm
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Pentominium / Murphy/Jahn

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Chicago-based architects Murphy/Jahn have unveiled their design for a 320-meter-tall skyscraper in the of Seoul. Designed as two-towers under one roof, the steel and glass lattice structure is one of fifteen skyscrapers planned for the global city that was master planned by Daniel Libeskind and commissioned by South Korean developer DreamHub. Consisting of mostly high end residential units, the two Pentominium towers will provide residents with exclusive city views and four-storey skyparks, while attempting to recreate the spacious and private feel often associated with detached housing.

Continue reading after the break for the architects’ description.

World’s Tallest LEGO Tower Constructed in Seoul

In celebration of LEG0’s 80th birthday, Danish Crown Prince Frederik unveiled the world’s largest tower in South Korea last week. Nearly 4,000 children stacked 50,000 bricks in five days to help build the 105-foot-tall tower in front of ’s Olympic Stadium. The structure surpassed the previous records set last year in France at 103-feet and in Brazil at 102-feet. As reported by The Daily Mail, the record has been broken more than 30 times since the first LEGO tower was constructed in London in 1988 at a height of less than 50-feet.

Reference: The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail

Yongsan International Business District / REX

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Architect: REX
Location: Seoul, Korea
Built Area: 115,500 sqm (1,240,000 sqf)
Completion year: 2016
Program: 47,800 sqm of luxury housing for short-term residents, 27,000 sqm of retail, and 929 parking stalls
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Daeyang Gallery and House / Steven Holl Architects

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Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Location: ,
Area: 1,760 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Inho Lee – Erae

The Blade / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Dominique Perrault has been selected to build a tower within the future Yongsan International Business Center in , whose master plan was designed by Daniel Libeskind. The tower, called The Blade, will reach 300 meters high. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Embassy Of Canada In Korea / Zeidler Partnership Architects

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Architects: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Location:
Associated Architects: Vogel Architect, Art International Ltd
Area: 81,055 square feet
Cost: $19 million
Completion: 2007
Client: Foreign Affairs Canada
Photographs: K. Kwan

   

Cross # Towers / BIG

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Danish architects BIG have just shared with us the Cross # Towers, their latest project in . BIG’s residential towers in the revitalize the Han riverfront into a new commercial and residential center for the citizens of . More images and information after the break.

West 8 + IROJE wins Yongsan Park competition in Seoul

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Rotterdam-based practice WEST 8, together with the local architects of IROJE, have been announced winner of the International Competition for Master Plan of Yongsan Park, Korea. The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of the Republic of organized the competition with the intention to create a “national park in which nature, culture, history and the future come in harmony.” Located in a large area in the center of , the circa 243 ha site has been in use as a military base for an extensive period both during the Japanese occupation and under post-war American protection.

Continue reading for more information on the Yongsan Park competition.

YI Building / Oh Jong Sang

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Architects: Oh Jong Sang
Location: 108-6 Bang i-Dong, Songpa-gu, , South
Client: Yoosukja
Site Area: 361 sqm
Total Floor Area: 1,132 sqm
Photographs: Namgoong Sun

Ewha Womans University / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: , Korea
Partners: Baum Architects, Seoul
Engineering: Perrault Projets, Paris (Architectural Engineers); VP&Green Ingenerie, Paris (Structural Engineers); HL-PP Consult, Munich (Building Services); Jean-Paul Lamoureux, Paris (Acoustic), Rache-Willms, Aix-la-Chapelle (Facades)
Consultant: Jeon and Lee Partners, Seoul (Structural Engineer), HIMEC, Seoul (Mechanical Engineer), CG E&C, Seoul (Civil Engineer), CnK Associates, Seoul (Landscape)
Built Area: 70,000 sqm
Completion: 2008
Photographs: André Morin

Club Octagon / Urbantainer

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Architects: Urbantainer
Location: , Republic Of
Area: 2,600 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Namgoong Sun

Update: Developer moves forward with The Cloud / MVRDV

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Despite the controversy, the South Korean developer plans to move forward with MVRDV‘s design of The Cloud. The Dutch firm has received harsh criticism after releasing their design for the two residential towers that will be built in ’s redeveloped Yongsan business district. Unconvinced by MVRDV’s sincere apologies, critics remain outraged, claiming the design resembles the collapsing World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

White Paik, spokesman for the Yongsan Development Corporation, states, “Allegations that it [the design] was inspired by the 9/11 attacks are groundless.” Further stating that there will be no changes to the project. Construction will begin in January 2013 and The Cloud is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Connected by a cloud-shaped section halfway up the buildings, the additional program will include sky lounges, restaurants and a swimming pool. View more information on the design here on ArchDaily.

Reference: The Sydney Morning Herald