Last week Time Magazine released their list of the top 25 inventions of 2013. The list covers both fun and life-changing new ideas, covering everything from the Cronut to the Artificial Pancreas – but there are also four architectural innovations that made the prestigious list. Find out more about them after the break.
Seoul-based architectural firms, PWFERRETTO + UTOP, were recently selected winners of a competition commissioning a new pottery museum in the Goheung region of South Korea. The winning entry extends the museum experience throughout the 97,000 square meter site and is organized around four concepts, “genius loci, traditional village, landmark roof and nature journey.”
Architects: URCODE Architecture
Location: Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Architect In Charge: Hoon Shin
Area: 261 sqm
Photographs: Kyung-Sub Shin
Asymptote‘s Velo Towers, designed for the Yongsan master plan in Seoul, Korea, are formed by vertical cluster of cylindrical volumes which were strategically stacked and rotated to maximize views, privacy and environmental conditions. Consisting of eight distinct residential components, each cluster is carefully choreographed to establish a strong visual connection with the adjacent Yongsan Park and distant Han River. These clusters are complimented by a series of roof gardens, shared amenities and internal circulation spaces centered around light filled open atriums.
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.”
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 LED 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.
Architects: Moohoi Architecture Studio
Location: Seoul, South Korea
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
Richard Meier & Partners just broke ground on the 150-room HH Resort Hotel and Spa, which is their first project in South Korea. Located in Gangneung, 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.
Architects: BCHO Architects
Location: Gyeonggi, South Korea
Photographs: Wooseop Hwang
Location: Seoul, Korea
Co Architect & Project Management: InC Design
Consultants: Ain Construction, 1â€™st Structure, Total LED and M&S Ceramic
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin