Sejong Center for Performing Arts / Asymptote Architecture

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New York based Asymptote Architecture have unveiled designs for a new Centre of Performing Arts in Sejong, South Korea. Described as celebrating “the cities emergence and growth as a place of stature and culture,” the arts centre is designed to “seamlessly connect to the city fabric.” Containing two theaters, the program of the building has been designed to create a unified experience, allowing for a “powerful and ‘episodic’ interiority and experience.”

Invisible Skyscraper Unveiled for Seoul

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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 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.

Jaehoon’s Jip-Soori / Moohoi Architecture Studio

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Architects: Moohoi Architecture Studio
Location: ,
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

Conan House / Moon Hoon

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Architects: Moon Hoon
Location: Bangdong,
Area: 105.3 sqm
Photographs: Nam Goung Son

Amore Pacific Beauty Campus / JUNGLIM Architecture + M.A.R.U Architecture

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Architects: JUNGLIM Architecture + M.A.R.U Architecture
Location: Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Client: Amorepacific
Area: 236,620 sqm
Photographs: Namgoong Sun

National Museum of Korean Contemporary History / JUNGLIM Architecture

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Architects: JUNGLIM Architecture
Location: -daero, Jongno-gu, , Korea
Client: Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Area: 6,444.7 sqm
Photographs: Namgoong Sun

Resort Hotel and Spa Proposal / Richard Meier & Partners

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Richard Meier & Partners just broke ground on the 150-room HH Resort Hotel and Spa, which is their first project in South . Located in , the new resort complex will be a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel composed of elegant guestrooms, a world class restaurant and a wellness spa that reflect the local culture, a banquet hall, amphitheater, exhibition hall, beach house and various amenities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Heyri Theater / BCHO Architects

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Architects: BCHO Architects
Location: Gyeonggi,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Wooseop Hwang

Chungha Building / MVRDV

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Architects: MVRDV
Location: Seoul,
Co Architect & Project Management: InC Design
Consultants: Ain Construction, 1’st Structure, Total LED and M&S Ceramic
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

International Pavilion of Yeosu Expo / H Architecture

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Architects: H Architecture
Location: Yeosu, Korea
Architect In Charge: H Architecture
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of H Architecture

‘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: , Korea
Architect In Charge: Joo Heon, Yu
Design Team: Seong woo, Park
Area: 294 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kyung sub, Shin

Sejong Art Center Competition Entry / H Architecture + Haeahn Architecture

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The new cultural hub of city, the proposal for the Art Center features a 700 seat theater for classical concert, ballet and musical, a 300 seat black box theater, a cinema, gallery spaces, and a 1,500 seat opera theater as an extension. Designed by H Architecture + Haeahn Architecture, the project aims to embrace the polarity of the city and nature. It was initiated from a scrupulous speculation concerning the dichotomy between them since the site is located at the edge of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

A+animal Hospital / jhy architect & associates

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Architects: jhy architect & associates
Location: Seodaemun-gu, Seoul,
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.

Brick-Pod Pavilion / Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

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Constructed for the Suclpture Biennale 2012 held in city, South Korea the Brick-Pod Pavilion defines architecture as ‘a sculpture with interior space’, and attempts to create a dome with black bricks which has been used for traditional architecture here in Korea. Designed by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio, you can enjoy the breezing air, moving leafs, and sparkling sunshine through its numbers of the openings, feeling much more sensitive than when we are outside. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Blurring Boundary / UTAA

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Architects: UTAA
Location: Dongdaemungu, Seoul,
Design Team: Kim Chang-gyun, Choi Byung-yong, Jang Geun-yong
Area: 90 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jin Hyo-suk, Kim Yong-soon