Guest House Rivendell / IDMM Architects

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Architects:
Location: Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do,
Area: 721 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Joon Hwan Yoon

Kyeong Dok Jai / IROJE KHM Architects

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Architects: IROJE KHM Architects
Location: Gyeonggi-do, South
Architect In Charge: HyoMan Kim
Area: 115 sqm
Photographs: Jong Oh Kim

Olson Kundig Designs Rooftop Play Space in South Korea

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In collaboration with client Shinsegae, Olson Kundig Architects has designed a 20,000 square foot roof garden in Uijeongbu, South Korea.  Sitting atop the ninth floor of a twelve story department store, the park acts as a playground for children and a cultural center for the community.  The project follows a rising trend: placing green spaces on top of buildings in urban areas to create safe and secluded public places.  This particular garden uses entirely native species and incorporates sculptures by the artist Do-Ho Suh.

Tree-Like Skyscraper Takes Urban Farming to Next Level

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Urban farming is nothing new, but Aprilli Design Studio‘s proposal for a completely open-air skyscraper does put a novel spin on the sustainable ideal. Instead of tacking greenery onto roofs and balconies, they incorporate agriculture into  by dedicating entire buildings to the cause. To learn more about the tree-like design, check out Fast Company’s article here.

Unfolding House / Jae Heon Jeong

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Architects:
Location: Yongmun-myeon, , Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Design Team: Moonhui LEE
Area: 253 sqm
Photographs: Youngchea PARK

Soogook Village / op’us architects

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Architects: op’us architects
Location: , South
Architect In Charge: Woo Daeseung, Cho Seongki, Kim Hyoungjong
Design Team: Park Youseon, Yang Kunsu, Kim Jongdo, Yun Jongwon, Lee Sangdae, Nam Seongjin, Hwang Seoungho, Kim Huiyeon
Area: 1,056 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joonhwan Yoon

Dalseong Citizen’s Gymnasium International Competition

The Daegu Architectural Culture Confederation (DACC) recently announced an international ideas competition to design the new gymnasium complex for the city of , .

The objective is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of Dalseong-gun’s citizens by procuring a space for health promotion and sports activities, offering the foundations by which to enjoy the benefits of sports, culture and welfare, and thus building a new gymnasium complex, replacing the small and outdated existing one.

Registration closes August 7 and the deadline for submission is September 5. You can find all the details in the competition’s official website.

Sinjinmal Building / studio GAON

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Architects: studio GAON
Location: Gajwa-dong, Seo-gu, , South
Architect In Charge: Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh
Design Team: Minjung Choi, Sangwoo Yi, Seongwon Son, Sungpil Lee, Hanmoe Lee, Haelee Jung, Joowon Moon
Area: 217 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Youngchae Park

Inside Korea’s “Crow’s Eye View” – Golden Lion Winner at the Venice Biennale 2014

Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula. Image © Nico Saieh

Today, the Korean Peninsula provides a striking example of a post-war polarization: two opposite political and economical systems, constantly presented in contrast/conflict by the global media, that still maintain an intricate, complicated relationship. Architecture’s role in this polarization was instrumental. North Korea sought to represent the aspirations of a new communist nation within a context devastated after the war — a tabula-rasa from which adaptations of modernism could appear. In , fast economic growth bred a form of modernization that represented the ideals of a globalized world.

These distinct absorptions of modernity, and the relation between the two neighboring nations, are represented in Korea’s Pavilion in an exhibition called Crow’s Eye View, winner of the Gold Lion at the Venice Biennale 2014.  The dense exhibition, commissioned and curated by together with Hyungmin Pai and Changmo Ahn, used every corner of the pavilion to represent this subject. The curators invited a multidisciplinary group of architects, urbanists, poets, writers, artists, photographers, film-makers, curators and collectors to demonstrate (to best of their availability, since official cooperation with North Korean institutions proved impossible) the architectural intersections and divisions between North and South Korea.

Recognized by the judges as “research in action,” Crow’s Eye View provided an invaluable addition to a discourse which has been predominantly carried by Western-centric narratives. And it is precisely this that, according to rumors, made it Koolhaas’ favorite pavilion.

War & Women’s Human Right Museum / Wise Architecture

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Architects: Wise Architecture
Location: Mapo-gu, ,
Design Team: Sook Hee Chun, Young Chul Jang, Jiyong Park, Kuhyeon Kwon, Aram Yun
Area: 785 sqm
Photographs: Kim Doo-Ho

SAI Playground / Moon Hoon

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Architects: Moon Hoon
Location:Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South
Design Team: Kim Sung, Kim Taehyeong
Area: 330 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nam Goong Sun

Roll House / Moon Hoon

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Architects: Moon Hoon
Location: Gyeongsangnam-do,
Design Team: Lee Byungyeup, Hwang Jiae, Park Minjoo
Area: 99 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nam Goong Sun

Danuri Kangnam Store / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

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Architects: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
Location: Seolleung-ro, Gangnam-gu, ,
Design Team: HyunjoonYoo, Jinsung Heo, Jeahong Kim, Munchul Choi, Sungeun Hwang, Hyuntak Cho, Seungho Ham
Area: 257 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Youngchae Park, Courtesy of Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

Moon Ji Bang Wins Inaugural MMCA Young Architects Program in South Korea

YAP Korea 2014: Shinseon Play / Moon Ji Bang. Image Courtesy of MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 has announced a partnership with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art () in that has expanded the international Young Architects Program (YAP) to South Korea. Just as YAP presents opportunities for emerging architects to design and build temporary installations in New York, Chile, Rome and Istanbul, YAP Korea will offer the MMCA’s outdoor Museum Plaza as the summer installation site.

Already, a winner has been chosen from 26 submissions to serve as the inaugural YAP Korea installation. With completion planned for July 8, winning team Moon Ji Bang (Threshold) is amidst the final preparations for mystical, mythology-inspired installation that will transcend visitors from the daily hustle into a cloud-like landscape of air balloon structures.

KPOP Curve / Moon Hoon

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Architects: Moon Hoon
Location: Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South
Design Team: Kim Sookhee, Jang Dukhyun, Kim Taehyeong, Lee byungyeup, Song Juneui
Area: 435 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nam Goong Sun

International Competition for Rehabilitating Mapo Oil Depot into a Cultural Depot Park

The Mapo Oil Depot is a valuable industrial legacy of but has been forgotten for quite some time since its original purpose was terminated. In an era of economic growth in , a fresh approach is needed regarding this industrial legacy, which, ironically can survive in having been forgotten.

Deviating from conventional attitude, demolishing the old city and constructing the new, it is time to try to keep the memory and history of this old structure and to revive its uniqueness. As an attempt to get back not only the old structure but also the territory having been closed for decades to the people of Seoul, this project will be a meaningful beginning. The competition expects proposals that recover the existing facilities and territory, not only grant a series of programs onto the old structure. In this sense, the organization hopes that the International Competition for Culture Depot Park by Rehabilitating Mapo Oil Depot can show the direction to where architecture in Seoul should go.

The jury includes Toyo Ito, and the winning entry will be awarded with a design contract. Entries can be submitted until August 12. For more information please go to the competition’s official website.

The Forest House / JYA-RCHITECTS

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Architects: JYA-RCHITECTS
Location: Bupyeong-gu, , South
Area: 299 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hwang hyo Chel

With My Love / Yoon Space Design

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Architects: Yoon Space Design
Location: , Chungcheongbuk-do, South
Architect In Charge: Yoon Seok-min
Design Team: Shin Hwa-young, Lee Yong-hun, Ko Yu-ri
Area: 146 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Song Gi-myoun