National Museum of Korean Contemporary History / JUNGLIM Architecture

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Architects: JUNGLIM Architecture
Location: Sejong-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 . 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: , Korea
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: , 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 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 Sejong city, the proposal for the Sejong 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, , Korea
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


Constructed for the Changwon Suclpture Biennale 2012 held in Changwon city, 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, ,
Design Team: Kim Chang-gyun, Choi Byung-yong, Jang Geun-yong
Area: 90 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jin Hyo-suk, Kim Yong-soon

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
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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!