Sejong Art Center 2nd Prize Winning Proposal / Tomoon Architects & Engineers + Ison Architects

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Designed by Tomoon Architects & Engineers, in collaboration with Ison Architects, their second prize winning proposal for the Art Center is a cultural center for opera, music, dance, drama, art exhibitions, cinema, and all types of formal and informal performances. With a total program area of approx. 11,000 square meters, the architects proposed that all of the program elements be brought together into a single mass made as compact as possible, maximizing functionality and efficiency, while conserving open space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Uncertain Future of Seoul, Korea’s “Dream Hub”

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According to Business Insider and a number of other real estate development outlets, the “” project in Korea that drew designs from internationally renowned architects including Daniel Libeskind -designer of the master plan – MVRDV, Dominique Perrault, BIG, REX, KPF and Tange Associates is on the verge of collapse.  The Yongsan Development Corporation reportedly defaulted on a major loan repayment, citing difficulties in raising funds due to the real estate slump since the 2008 global financial crisis.  The collapse of the project is still speculative, as it is unclear how the next round of loans that are to mature in June will fare.  

The $28 billion real estate “Dream Hub” project was to develop 56-acres in central Seoul into a modern business hub.  In its planning it included shopping malls, hotels, department store, apartment blocks, and mixed-use office towers.  Follow us after the break for a recap of the projects that were planned for this development.

Muyidong / Joh Sungwook Architects

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Architects: Joh Sungwook Architects
Location: Seongnam, Korea
Design Team: Joh Sungwook, Kim Chin Kyung
Area: 346.63 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kim Yong Kwan

S Mahal House / Moon Hoon

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Architects: Moon Hoon
Location: , Korea
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Kim Suki, Lee Kyong Ho, Kam dong ho, Park Jung Mok
Area: 14,712 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Kim Yong Kwan, Park Chan Woo

Films & Architecture: “Old Boy”

This amazing South Korean film tries to express captivity and its consequences for an escaped hostage. A range of spaces, from underground rooms where the crime operates to luxury apartments owned by the leaders, reveal a mix of carefully prepared colours and compositions, with patterns on the walls, strong contrasts and several kinds of lighting atmospheres. Enjoy and let us know your ideas about architecture and captivity in the comments!  

Panorama House / Moon Hoon

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Architects: Moon Hoon
Location: Chungbuk, Korea
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Lee Ju Hee, Kim Dong Won, Park Sang Eun
Area: 57,050 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Namgoong Sun

Rock It Suda / Moon Hoon

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Architects: Moon Hoon
Location: , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Moon-Hoon
Design Team: Kim Suki, Jo Jeong Ho, Lee Kyung Ho
Area: 47,194 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Moon Hoon, Yong Kwan, Yeum Seung Hoon

Gyeongju Arts Center / Samoo Architects & Engineers

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Architects: Samoo Architects & Engineers
Location: ,
Area: 21,232 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Young Chae Park, Young Chul Shin

Mookdong Multi Housing / Moon Hoon

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Architects: Moon Hoon
Location: , Korea
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Kim Suki, Park Seonhu
Area: 117 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Moon Jeongsik

Sejong Art Center Winning Proposal / DMP Partners

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Designed by DMP Partners, their winning proposal for the Art Center (SAC) is composed of two theaters, a main theater with more than 800 seats, a medium sized theater with 300 seats, a film theater with 250 seats, and an art gallery. Located in the international cultural area between nature-scape and urban-scape, the building combines nature and city through its straight, linear shape. This form is applied in accordance with the city and its curvature shape is in accordance with nature to create a comfortable feeling. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Branksome Hall Asia Jeju Global Education City / Samoo Architects & Engineers

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Architects: Samoo Architects & Engineers
Location: , Jeju-do,
Collaboration: MKPL Architects, Sun Architects & Engineers
Area: 69,604 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Young Chae Park

Vi-Sang House / Moon Hoon

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Architects: Moon Hoon
Location: , Korea
Architect In Charge: Moon-Hoon
Design Team: Lee Juhee
Area: 10,775.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Namgoong Sun

Performing Arts Studio of the National Theatre of Korea Second Prize Winning Proposal / Archiplan

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Designed by Archiplan, their second prize winning proposal for the Performing Arts Studio of the National Theatre of Korea is an extension design concept for the performers practice facilities in the basement of the existing plaza. The main issue is the vitalization of the environment which is now ‘blocked’ by the retaining wall on the edge of the main road and by the steep slope that makes a disconnection of the site. By embracing art, culture, and the city itself, this proposal connects the two-dimensional old theatre-plaza and the nearby park to link the performer and the citizens while allowing the art and culture flow well. More images and architects’ description after the break.

2018 Pyeongchang Speedskating Arena Proposal / Idea Image Institute of Architects

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As the main ice sports facility for the 2018 Pyeongchang winter olympic games, the master plan proposal by Idea Image Institute of Architects (IIIA) has expressed local natural specific characteristics which is very beautiful and clean based on the New horizons, which is the vision of 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games. Their design concept for the speed skating arena has beautiful shapes inspired by dynamic movement of speed skaters. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Living Knot / Polymur

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Architects: Polymur
Location: , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Homin Kim, Chris YooHeekyung Mun, Sangki Lee, Wonil Kim, Suki Kwon, Chawon Go
Design Team: Suki Kwon, Heekyung Mun, Sangki Lee, Wonil Kim, Chawon Go
Area: 16,101 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

Daum Space.1 / Mass Studies

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Architects: Mass Studies
Location: Jeju Province,
Architect In Charge: Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park
Design Team: Kim, Jisoo Kim, Sungpil Won, Nikolas Urano, Sebastien Soan, Junghye Bae, Jangwon Choi, Kwonwoong Lim, Youngjoon Chung, Bhujon Kang, Zongxoo U, Taehoon Hwang, Sangkyu Jeon, Younkyoung Shin, Vin kim, Daeun Jeong, Yuseok Heo, Kyungmok Park, Wonbang Kim, Jieun Lee, Sanghoon Lee, Songmin Lee
Area: 1,095,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin, Yong-Kwan Kim

Busan Cinema Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au

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Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Design Principal / Ceo: Wolf D. Prix
Project Partner: Michael Volk
Project Architect: Günther Weber
Design Architects: Martin Oberascher, Jörg Hugo
Project Team: Sergio Gonzalez, Rob Henderson, Guthu Hallstein, Matt Kirkham, Veronica Janovska, Dieter Segerer, Markus Baumann, Jasmin Dieterle, Anja Sorger, Jana Kucerova, Jan Brosch, Ivana Jug
Client: Municipality of : Kim, Byung-Heui; Cho, Seung-Ho; Chai, Young-Eeon; Seo, Myoung Seok
Year: 2012
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba, Courtesy of

Art and Crafts Studios / poly.m.ur

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Architects: poly.m.ur
Location: Chungcheongnamdo, Korea
Architect In Charge: Homin Kim, Chris Yoo
Design Team: Seok Yoon, Heekyung Moon, Wonil Kim, Suki Kwon
Area: 3,802.45 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin