National Library of Sejong City / Samoo Architects &Engineers

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Architects: Samoo Architects &Engineers
Location: Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, ,
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 LED 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: , South Korea
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 , 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: Seoul,
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: Seoul, South
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: , South Korea
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
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: , Korea
Co Architect & Project Management: InC Design
Consultants: Ain Construction, 1’st Structure, Total LED 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: Seoul,
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.

Stardom Entertainment Office / Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim

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Architects: Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Architect In Charge: Young Lim, Sun Kim
Design Team: Jea-Ok Kim, Kyung-min Jang, Jeong-tae Kim
Area: 548.8 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Youngchae Park

The Uncertain Future of Seoul, Korea’s “Dream Hub”

Block H; Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

According to Business Insider and a number of other real estate development outlets, the “” project in Korea that drew designs from internationally renowned architects including Daniel Libeskind -designer of the master plan – MVRDV, Dominique Perrault, BIG, REX, KPF and Tange Associates is on the verge of collapse.  The Yongsan Development Corporation reportedly defaulted on a major loan repayment, citing difficulties in raising funds due to the real estate slump since the 2008 global financial crisis.  The collapse of the project is still speculative, as it is unclear how the next round of loans that are to mature in June will fare.  

The $28 billion real estate “Dream Hub” project was to develop 56-acres in central Seoul into a modern business hub.  In its planning it included shopping malls, hotels, department store, apartment blocks, and mixed-use office towers.  Follow us after the break for a recap of the projects that were planned for this development.

Fusing Architecture and Music: Philip Kennicott On the Inspiration Behind Steven Holl’s Daeyang Gallery and House for Dwell

A watercolor by architect Steven Holl was an early step toward translating an obscure musical score by István Anhalt into a new home and gallery in Seoul, South Korea © Iwan Baan

Awarded yesterday with the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Philip Kennicott has built an honorable reputation as a art and architecture critic for Washington Post’s Style section. One of his most recent works, Holl: A Copper Clad Pavilion - exclusively published in Dwell’s May Issue Global Style - recounts the inspiration behind Steven Holl’s award-winning Daeyang Gallery and House in Seoul. 

Designed as an experiment on “the architectonics of music,” the basic geometry of the Daeyang Gallery and House was inspired by Istvan Anhalt’s 1967 ‘Symphony of Modules’ – a uniquely transcribed sheet of music found in John Cage’s contemporary music compendium, Notations. Reminiscent of the “blocky and shard-like shapes” of Anhalt’s sketch, Holl’s design features three copper-clad pavilions punctured by a symphony of carefully placed, rectangular skylights that animate the interior with “bars of light”. As Kennicott describes, Holl uses music as a “powerful metaphor for the dynamic unfolding of experience” (captured in this film by Spirit of Space).

Read Kennicott’s Music Holl: A Copper Clad Pavilion in its entirety here on Dwell. Continue after the break to compare Steven Holl’s Daeyang sketch above with Anhalt’s ‘Symphony of Modules’.

Mookdong Multi Housing / Moon Hoon

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Architects: Moon Hoon
Location: Seoul, Korea
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Kim Suki, Park Seonhu
Area: 117 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Moon Jeongsik