Paichai University Howard Center / iArc Architects

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Architects: iArc Architects
Location: Daejon,
Year: Completed 2010
Area: 4998 sqm (Building), 214,138 sqm (Site)
Photographs: Youngchae Park

Asan Institute for Policy Studies / iArc Architects

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Architects: iArc Architects
Location: ,
Year: Complete January 2010
Area: 6,172.65 sqm (Building), 1862.25 sqm (Site)
Photo Credits: Youngchae Park

Incheon Tri-bowl / iArc Architects

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Architects: iArc Architects
Location: Incheon,
Year: Completed March 2010
Area: 2,869 sqm (Building), 12,300 sqm (Site)
Photo Credits: Youngchae Park

In Progress: Kukje Art Center / SO-IL

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Architects: SO-IL
Location: , South Korea
Client: Kukje Gallery
Project Area: 1,500 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of SO-IL

Pan Gyo Housing / MACK Architect(s)

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Architect: MACK Architect(s)
Location: Pan Gyo,
Project Team: Mark Mack, Matt Bean, Kyle Richardson, Ine Mayerhofer, Alia Hasan, Gerardo Rivero
Associate Architect: Dongwoo Architects
Client: Korea National Housing Corporation
Sustainability: Ibe Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: Ahbe Landscape Architects
Project Area: 26,200 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Courtesy of MACK Architect(s)

Busan Cinema Center Nearing Completion

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The construction of the by architecture firm COOP HIMMELB(L)AU is nearing completion. Slated to be the new home of the Busan International Film Festival, the complex will house cinemas, restaurants, a 1000 seat multifunctional theater, and numerous public spaces. More details after the break.

Cinema Center in Busan, South Korea / Coop Himmelb(l)au

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Architect: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Location: , South Korea
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: ISOCHROM, Nathan Willock

Zenith / DeStefano Partners

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Otherwise known as Doosan Haeundae U-Dong (or “We’ve the Zenith”), the Zenith complex is a residential condominium development in the Haeundae region of Busan, .  The complex was designed by DeStefano Partners of Chicago, Illinois and is slated for substantial completion in November of 2011 and full occupancy in the summer of 2012.  More images and architect’s description after the break.

Garden 5 Tool / DeStefano Partners

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Architect: DeStefano PartnersSamoo Architects & Engineers 
Location: Seoul,
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 , South Korea 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 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 . 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.