Garden 5 Tool / DeStefano Partners

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Architect: DeStefano PartnersSamoo Architects & Engineers 
Location: , South Korea
Project Year: 2o11
Photographs: Samoo Architects & Engineers 

Originally called the Dongnam Distribution Center (DDC), the recently renamed Garden 5 Tool complex is a mega-shopping center in Seoul, South Korea.  The structure was designed by of Chicago, Illinois in conjunction with Samoo Architects & Engineers as the associate architect.

Sweet Parliament Home / Andrés Jaque Architects

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Based on the research on spread-in-the-city-domesticity, Andrés Jaque Architects produced their ‘Sweet Parliament Home’ based on the field work they have been doing in the last months in Seoul, and was presented at the Gwangju Design Biennale 2011. More images and brief description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Eirini Androutsopoulou & Dimitra Maniaki

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This proposal, by architects Eirini Androutsopoulou & Dimitra Maniaki, defines a new icon and a strong identity for the city of Busan and drives a direct link between Korea’s past and Korea’s future image. In order to do so, the proposed scheme describes the idea of the Korean garden within the building’s shell and the new Opera House within the Korean garden. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / PAPER | TOTEMENT

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The shaping concept of the buildings for the Opera House by PAPER | TOTEMENT is based on placing simple forms together with their capacities and location determined by their functional tasks. The outside shape of the achieved agglomerate is made by cutting off the surpluses to make a cube form put on its edge. The aesthetics of the given object depends neither on a separate turn of any of its parts nor on their size or quantity, but is defined by a lot of similar but different elements with its external shape of an ideal Platon body in an unusual twist. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Diana Q. de Saul & Alejendro Munevar

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The proposal, by design team Diana Q. de Saul and , consists of an organic building-scape which allows for a variety of recreational and educational activities while creating a cultural icon for Busan. The building is organized around three principal wavelengths generated parametrically based on the pre-existing local tensions: a stunning ocean view to the west, a bustling city to the east, and a thriving cultural district to the south. More images and project description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Ayrat Khusnutdinov

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Russian architect, Ayrat Khusnutdinov, shared with us his proposal for the Opera House. The main idea behind the design was the outstanding natural environment: the sea and the mountains are features that are reflected in this project. They, not architecture, are prime actors in this scene; this is the reason why so much attention was paid to let people enjoy them, here the architecture is just a frame that defines this great picture. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Pelletier de Fontenay

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The Opera House proposal, by Pelletier de Fontenay, echoes a unique island condition. Here, they imagined an island experience where everything, from water to building, is in contrast with the usual city landscape. It resembles more abstract matter carved from underneath than a building. It stands there, anchored to the shore, like a century old wreckage, darkened by time, creating complex and unexpected relationships with the water, the island, the city and it’s inhabitants. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Nabito Arquitectura

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The new Opera House, designed by Nabito Arquitectura, will put the city on the international map, allowing it to become part of the network of world renowned opera houses. As another node in the network, the I-Opera, the title of their project, will not only be integrated on an international level, but it will also serve as a landmark on the local level. It will be present in the collective memory of the people of Busan and also be a part of their daily life experience. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Task Architects

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Based in Egypt, young architecture firm Task Architects shared with us their proposal for the Opera House competition. With the largest port in the country, makes for one of the most important cities in Korea as the project is located in the newly developed area of the north port. Therefore, they wanted to create an Icon. A monument that would shift the vision of the locals and international visitors alike. The design would create new experiences for each visitor in order to be welcoming and inviting to become the city’s vision of future development. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Key to South Korea’s Future Growth

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After many years of political turmoil, has now gained enough economic stability to begin working on its goals of becoming the world’s next major international business hub. This stability has allowed large Korean companies to travel to foreign countries, constructing some of the tallest buildings in the world. Now, however, these companies are taking their designs to their own soil by strategically focusing on areas that will allow for the greatest opportunities for future development. One such area is the city of . More on this city’s development after the break.

Busan Opera House Competition Proposal / OODA

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The design for the Opera House by OODA engages itself with the natural topography, articulating a multi leveled building and seamlessly integrating the different cultural activities and programs. The dominant flow circulation, flexibility and concept strategy enables full accessibility as it creates spaces that blur the difference between building and landscape, intensifying the fluidity between interior and exterior spaces, indoor and outdoor venues. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Metropolitan Opera House Competition Proposal / INDEX Architecture

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The Metropolitan Opera House competition provides an opportunity not only to develop a new performing arts hub for south-eastern Korea, but also to re-consider the icon in architecture and its presence in the 21st century city. The contemporary understanding of the opera house is as a monumental object that is detached from the city, and designed to be appreciated through selected vistas. In the opposite of this, ‘Intermezzo’, designed by INDEX Architecture, seeks to adopt a language of continuity with its context. More images architects’ description after the break.

New Headquarters for GEPS Proposal / Tomoon & HAEMA

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Architecture and Engineering firm, Tomoon, in collaboration with HAEMA, shared with us their winning competition entry for the New Headquarters for GEPS in , where the city is a gently sloping area located between the old city and new city in Seogwipo and know to be an international trade base and a city of education. Their future-oriented concept is designed by four directions considering sloping ground, wind, scents and views and territoriality. By using this approach, they create an eco-friendly and energy saving building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / ORPROJECT

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ORPROJECT shared with us, Anisotropia, a proposal for Opera House based on Klavierstück I, a composition for piano by director Christoph Klemmt. It is based on a twelve tone row which is repeated and altered by the different voices in order to create complex, rhythmic patterns. More images and project description after the break.

OSKA’s House: Secret Garden

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The house made famous by “Secret Garden”, a Korean soap opera, hosted a press conference for the actors and gave the shows fans an intimate look at Oska’s house, one of the main characters of the show.  The house is actually owned by cosmetic and health food brand Maiim.  The whole area is called the Maiim Vision Village and is an environmentally-friendly park where the indoors and outdoors are balanced harmoniously.  In some views of the house, one can see how the exterior appears to be a smooth continuation of the interior space.  Floor to ceiling glazing provides views to nature extending beyond the house.  More images after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / WEAVA Architects

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The Opera House proposal, by WEAVA Architects, takes full advantage of its placement within the Marine Culture District; a site advantageous for designating the building as a unique cultural landmark. Their concept embraces both the city and natural landscape by providing two distinct, yet connected faces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Kubota & Bachmann Architects

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Located in the North Port development area, the Opera House is home to a cultural complex department, museums, a maritime culture center, a cruise center, waterfront causeway, public parks, an opera, a theater and a business district. It was crucial for Kubota & Bachmann Architects that the BOH program and its architectural form integrate into the existing master plan, and express the new and unique creative character of the Busan North Port. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / sanzpont [arquitectura]

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A proposal made by the twin brothers of sanzpont [arquitectura] for the Opera House Competition, the concept of their design is based on the philosophy of Korea, the balance of opposites, the Um-Yang. The fundamental idea is to create an iconic building that represents the culture in which it is immersed, to remind the native people where they come from in order to promote this philosophy to the outside world. More images and architects’ description after the break.