Architects: Jun Mitsui & Associates Architects + Unsangdong Architects
Location: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Design Team: Jun Mitsui, Nicolai Kruger, Ray Wu, Minsu Kim, Yoshie Shinbo, Jang Yoon Gyoo, Shin Chang Hoon, Lee Soon Phyo, Moon Sang Ho, Kim Se Jin, Kim Bong Kyun, Kang Seung Hyun
Project area: 4,316 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2010
Photographs: E-Jae-seong, Shinkenchiku
Seoul Manifesto, a group of young architects in Seoul, South Korea, are known for designing projects with the objective of making structures with better social responsibility. In their project, Hello Mongol / HM VER 1.0 / ABSORBING GER, their goal is to make a mobile structure which can achieve two different goals, making an alternative residence for desertification of Mongol and stirring up the public’s attention for the problem. More images and architects’ description after the break.
South Korean architects thegroundstudio shared with us their winning proposal for the Shop & Cafe + Pavilion Redesign Competition at the entrance of Seoul National University’s main gate and SNU Museum. More images and a brief description after the break.
Architects: Ken Sungjin Min, AIA / Ken Min Architects
Location: Ga Pyeong, Gyeonggi Do, Republic of Korea
Project Design Team: Lee Seung-june, James Shin, Ryu jae-gun, Kang Tae-woo, Son Yun-mi, Lee Hee-geun (CG)
Client: Emerson pacific Group
Project area: 4,933 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Song Jae-Young, Kim Jae-Yun
Universal Design Studio has designed the exterior façade for the H&M Korean flagship store in Seoul. This is based on the distinctive modular design of other locations and projects for the brand.
Universal Design Studio has accentuated the three-dimensional appearance of the facade by using small and large-scale perforations to produce tonal contrast and visual depth to the pleated cladding. The façade comes alive at night when concealed illumination turns the store into a dramatically lit beacon. The three-storey-high sculptural relief creates an effect that softens the hard, dominant lines of the existing building structure.
Korean creative director Byung Ju Lee of Planning Korea announced a new paradigm in bridge called ‘Paik Nam June Media Bridge’ in Seoul, Korea. Connecting Dangi-li Power Plant (which has a plan to be redeveloped into public cultural space) in the north and The National Assembly Building in the south, this bridge shows the first example of ‘a city expanded to the river’. Similar to the Thames River and the Seine River, the Han River in Seoul crosses the center of a city, however is of a much larger scale. There are almost 30 bridges over the Han River, but most of them were made of steel and concrete construction. Paik Nam June Media Bridge approaches the concept of crossing the Han River in a more sculptural, futuristic, and eco-friendly way. Inspired by the water strider, the overall shape is organic, with a sleek streamlined outline. This mega structure bridge is covered with solar panels to generate energy by itself, and totals a length of 1080m.
We’ve just received some news from our friends at Steven Holl Architects regarding the progress of their latest private gallery and residence. Situated in the hillside of the Kangbuk section of Seoul, Korea, the project’s geometry is an experimental reaction to a 1967 sketch for a music score by the composer Istvan Anhalt, “Symphony of Modules,” discovered in a book by John Cage titled “Notations”. This strategy, which runs parallel to a research studio on “the architectonics of music,” results in three separate pavilions connected by a sheet of water that establishes the plane of reference from above and below.
More construction photos, renderings and of course, Holl’s infamous watercolors after the break.
Architect: HAHN Design / Hahn Joh
Location: Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
Client: Jeonghun Oh
Design Team: HAHN Design (Hahn Joh/Deokjae Kim/Jinhyung Cho/Wonseok Kim/Sehee Lee) + NC Partners (Jongwon Seo)
Consultant: NC Partners(Struct.), Doul Int. Eng.(MEP)
General Contractor: Youngchun Construction
Site Area: 611.5 sqm
Building Area: 345.97 sqm
Total Foor Area: 1,269.63 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Courtesy of HAHN Design + Soo Ok Chai
Architects: Unsangdong Architects
Location: SinsaDong, GangNam, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Design Team: Jang Yoon Gyoo, Shin Chang Hoon
Construction: GuJin Industrial Development Co.Ltd
Client: Lee Sook Young
Site area: 567.5m2
Gross floor area: 1,995.14m2
Photography: Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects
Samoo Architects and Engineers’ green roof design for Seoul covers a massive 131 acres. The project gives an “eco-upgrade” to the run-down Garak Wholesale Market by inserting an extensive public garden into the newly restored commercial center. The roof becomes a large public park that “mitigates rainwater runoff, insulates the interior spaces, and infuses Seoul’s city center with a breath of fresh air.” The design also includes three market pavilions which contain “eco-tubes”, channels that slice through the entire structure allowing daylight and ventilation to reach lower levels.
More images after the break.
The iconic building is located in the north of the Han River, which crosses the city, and will dominate the skyline becoming a important icon for Seoul… which is what you will expect if you commission a tower this tall.
Leong Leong Architecture designed a 550 square meter store for 3.1 Phillip Lim in Cheongdam-Dong, Seoul’s premiere fashion district. The store is characterized by the simultaneous need for sameness and difference. “Typically, the consistent repetition of brand traits is necessary to reinforce an identity, while novelty can refresh the aura and desire for the brand,” explained the architects.
More photos by architectural photographer Iwan Baan, and more about the store after the break.
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the international architecture firm headquartered in New York, announced it has completed the conceptual design for Lotte Super Tower 123 in Seoul, South Korea. The 555-meter (1,821 feet), 123-story tower, when completed in 2014, will be the tallest building in Asia and the world’s second tallest after the Burj Dubai.
Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) was selected earlier this year after an international design competition by owner/developer Lotte Group, one of South Korea’s largest conglomerates. This long anticipated project has now earned all major zoning approvals, and excavation is nearly complete. The building will serve as Lotte’s new corporate headquarters and will be built by Lotte Construction, a subsidiary of the group. Architect’s description after the break.
Rem Koolhaas’ latest project -The Prada Transformer- is not just a building, but also a statement on today´s state of architecture. Dubbed the anti-blob, this “object” rejects all common blobby shapes we have seen lately. Simple geometrical shapes (a circle, a cross, a rectangle and an hexagon) enclose a space that depending on its rotation results on different spaces suitable for fashion exhibitions, cinema, art exhibitions and other special events. Each face is the platform on which these activities take place, while also being served by the other faces enclosing the space.
A few weeks ago, we presented the Transformer at Position 1 (Fashion Exhibition) with photos by Iwan Baan . Now, he sent us his photo set for the Transformer at Position 2: Cinema.
From June 26th to July 5th, the Transformer used a center piece on one of the faces to project “Flesh, Mind and Soul”, a film festival co-curated by Alejandro González Iñárritu (director Babel, 21 Grams). Please note that the interiors are now almost all black.
As of now, the Transformer is going through some changes to debut on its new position on Jul 30th to host “Beyond Control”, an exhibition by the Prada Foundation.
More photos by Iwan Baan after the break and the complete photo set on Iwan’s website:
Concept Design: Platoon Cultural Development
Location: Seoul, Korea
Architectural Consultancy: Graft Architects + Baik Jiwon
Executive Architect: U-il Architects & Engineers
Prefab Engineering: Ace special container, Korea
Structural Engineering: MIDAS IT, Korea
Interior Design: URBANTAINER, Korea
Main Contractor: Hyojung construction & development, Korea
Program: Exhibitions, Bar & Restaurant, Event Hall, Artist Studios, Library Lounge, Office Studios, Workshop Room, Roof Top Bar
Structure: M. Cabestany
Footprint Area: 415 sqm
Main hall Area: 272 sqm
Project year: 2008-2009