Open Call: Competition to Re-Structure Seoul’s Seunsangga Citywalk

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The objective of the “Re-Structuring Seunsangga Citywalk” competition in is to renovate the deck and nearby public space of Seunsangga Complex to improve the pedestrian environment and connect with surrounding areas of various nature and thereby re-establish a pedestrian axis from north to south through Bukaksan Mountain, Jongmyo~Seunsangga Complex, and Namsan Mountain. Not only is Seunsangga Complex ’s “urban-architectural heritage,” it is a compound of history, culture and industry that connects the surrounding area and various activities.

This project will revitalize Seunsangga Complex’s status as a center of pedestrian axis and urban industry by creating a space with new cultural value that will breathe life into the Seun District. The winning commission will be awarded “Phase 1 design contract.” More information and registration details, here.

Yoon Space Design’s Egg-Shaped Beach Pod Offers Shelter in Unexpected Places

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It’s a beach shelter like you have never seen before: meet Albang, the relaxation pod of the future, an oval space with a flexible interior plan optimized for sleeping, socializing, or relaxing. In Albang, located in Gangwon-do province on South Korea‘s coastline, aerodynamics, vivid colour, and clever design meet minimalist futuristic architecture. Realized by Korean firm Yoon Space Design, Albang was designed to replace traditional means of temporary habitation, blending the functionality of pod hotels with the efficiency of a simple tent for camping.

Enter Albang’s flexible and colourful ovoid pods after the break 

Studio Origin Represents Seoul in the UIA 2014 World Congress

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This year’s UIA World Congress was held in Durban, South Africa, and saw the participation of many well-respected firms. Representing were Kang Jun Lee and Yung A Kim of Studio Origin, whose pavilion highlighted the city of Seoul. Meant to herald the city as the host for the 2017 World Congress, their carefully arranged design offers space for a number of different promotional displays. See the details on this unique structure, after the break.

Designers Explore an Entirely New Use for Shipping Containers in Seoul’s Design District

Information kiosk. Image Courtesy of NL Architects

Fashion, design architecture collide in Zaha Hadid’s recently completed Dongdaemun Design Plaza, one South Korea‘s most popular tourist destinations. Commissioned by the Design Plaza’s Supervisor of Public Space Young Joon Kim of yo2 Architects, the latest development for the plaza is a series of compact kiosks designed to activate the expansive public space surrounding the new building. One of ten teams invited to submit ideas for these new kiosks, Amsterdam-based NL Architects developed a series of impermanent but practical solutions for the plaza. Using new methods for reuse of standard shipping containers, the team proposed a host of kiosks, with two of their designs – an information booth and a miniature space – being accepted for construction.

See all of NL Architects’  Zaha-inspired shipping container kiosks after the break

SYNWHA Consortium Wins Competition to Design Waterfront Park for Busan North Port

Nomad Park. Image Courtesy of SYNWHA Consulting

The Busan Port Authority (BPA) has named the SYNWHA Consortium winners of an international competition for the Busan North Port Redevelopment in South Korea. The winning proposal is an “Interactive Pier” slated to transform the original port into a cultural center that celebrates the marriage of mountains, river, sea, while crafting dynamic connections between the city of Busan and its seaside.

“Seoul: Towards a Meta-City” Exhibition Opens in Berlin

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On Thursday, the Aedes Network Campus Berlin (ANCB) Metropolitan Laboratory hosted a symposium to mark the opening of the  ”Seoul: Towards a New City,” in collaboration with the City of Seoul. The city has identified three key objectives to help them strike a balance between restoration and change when moving forward with future development: revival of history, restoration of nature, and renewal of people’s lives. Seven projects that reflect these goals are on display at the exhibition. For more details, continue reading after the break.

PWFERRETTO Propose an “Active Monument” as Seoul’s Seosomun Memorial Park

Memorial Wall. Image Courtesy of / ESOU Architects

PWFERRETTO, a practice split between London  Seoul, have won second place in a competition to design the National Park and Memorial in the Republic of Korea’s capital. In materialising the boundary of the site into an “active monument” that reconnects the forgotten history of the park into “a memorial for the Catholic martyrs who lost their life fighting for their beliefs,” the design hinges around the site’s constant struggle between belonging and being excluded from the city it is a part of. This paradoxical “inclusive / exclusive” premise is the starting point for the designers’ conceptual approach.

“Expansion and Conflict”: 13th International Docomomo Conference 2014

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How has the advancement of the Modern Movement design ethos, through geo-political from the Western world, challenged the cultural foundation and aesthetic heritage of Asia?

The 13th International Docomomo Conference, hosted in Asia for the first time, seeks to explore the powerful complexities of expansion and . Examining the effects of the expansion of a Eurocentric design philosophy into distinctly individual, pre-existing yet violently colonized cultures, the organization declares that “ is not necessarily a pejorative but…a challenge for the future.”

KPF’s Lotte World Tower Jeopardized by Mysterious Sinkholes

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Construction is well underway for KPF’s Lotte World Tower in Seoul, however the mysterious appearance of sinkholes in the surrounding area – as reported by CNN - has brought on a slew of safety concerns. Authorities have been unable to determine the cause of the sinkholes which have appeared in a number of locations around Seoul’s Songpa District, although they have ruled out sewerage as a possibility. To learn more about the bizarre phenomenon putting the 123-story tower under scrutiny, click here.

VOIDWALL / AND

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Architects: AND
Location: Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South
Area: 136 sqm
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

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 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 secluded public places.  This particular garden uses entirely native species 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, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do,
Design Team: Moonhui LEE
Area: 253 sqm
Photographs: Youngchea PARK

Soogook Village / op’us architects

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Architects: op’us architects
Location: Busan,
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 , South Korea.

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 sports activities, offering the foundations by which to enjoy the benefits of sports, culture welfare, thus building a new gymnasium complex, replacing the small 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