Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / Gillot + Givry Architectes

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The driving force in the proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition was how new technologies can apply to libraries. Gillot + Givry Architectes, therefore, created a library that would mainly use virtual components. As thinking about as a world technology leader, could these skills change the way to design architecture? Since use of tabs is a common thing in Korean urban population, it is possible to create a library based on a wireless network. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Second Prize Winning Proposal / designcamp moonpark dmp

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The second prize winning proposal for the Opera House, designed by designcamp moonpark dmp, aims at resolving the issue of a lack of much needed public space where people can stroll and enjoy the waterfront activity. The Opera House is an opportunity to give this luxury of space, this water’s edge back to the citizens. Inspired by opera itself and its dramatic scenographies, the facility is designed to create dramatic vignettes of the harbor, the city and the mountains. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Daegu Gosan Library Competition Winning Proposal / Gorka Blas

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The winning proposal in the Gosan Library competition, by architect Gorka Blas, conceives the library as a cultural and social space for the local community. For this purpose the project focuses in obtaining a functional, attractive and confortable facility that constitutes an essential element for neighborhood´s everyday life. In order to achieve this objective, the project translates the scale of the domestic space to a public facility, without lack of its public dimension. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Daegu Gosan Public Library Second Prize Winning Proposal / studio SH

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Most people would imagine libraries being made up of large platforms fully equipped with rows of desks and bookshelves stacked on one another with strict division of programs in the building. However, the second prize winning proposal by Seung Hyun, Yuh and Se Hyeon, Kim from studio SH for the new library typology for Gosan starts by examining and breaking apart this hierarchical inclination. By blurring this strict boundary and providing flexibility in its library program, the ‘White Diamond’ becomes not only a place for exploring knowledge but also a space for meditation with diverse private and public experiences. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / MenoMenoPiu Architects

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MenoMenoPiu Architects have shared their submission for the Gosan Public Library Competition in , Korea.  This project focuses on creating a community with ’s Metropolitan Center with consideration for urban flows and social trends.  Join us after the break for more.

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / Eduardo Lopez

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The Gosan Public Library Competition Entry by Eduardo Lopez arises from two considerations; in the first place, understanding the importance of the facade as a foreground and background to the library site and secondly, taking up the radical change to the direct link between the ‘green belt’ and the surrounding area. To resolve this, the architects attempt to merge the library volume with the buildings next to it and create a movement in the facade, where the trees of the ‘green belt’ carve the facade vertically, creating a sense of dynamism. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Winning Proposal / Snøhetta

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Snøhetta was recently selected as the winner of the Busan Opera House Competition in with their ‘Unpacking the Box’ concept. Their proposal is conceived not as frozen music but rather as an instrument, upon which we can play. This instrument is neither a white cube nor a black box, empty devoid of expression; this Opera building outward expresses the values and ethos of the place and content. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / PRAUD

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With the role of the library changing in recent years, a library functions as more of a community center with less concern in collection space. In their proposal for the Gosan Public Library, PRAUD‘s concept focuses on creating flexible and generous space in user oriented space, and on housing collection space into certain area. Basically, collection spaces are located in between two major cores, that are also major structural supports of the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / Ghirardelli Architetti

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A simple gesture like opening the pages of a book became the inspiration for Ghirardelli Architetti in their design proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition. By interacting with their intellectual awareness, art, science and history, this can transform into a different state of being, separated from what is happening around us in where we discover leisure, tranquility and food for thought with infinite horizons to explore inside and outside ourselves. Their library design contains this knowledge and makes it available through intriguing spaces and activities, providing at the same time, individual detachment from the daily ritual. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal: 3rd Prize Winner / Henning Larsen Architects + Tomoon Architects

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Henning Larsen Architects and Tomoon Architects recently won the third prize in the international competition for designing the new opera in , . Connecting the citizens of Busan to the waterfront, their design takes it’s inspiration from the particular location in Busan. The clear shape of the grand roof creates a magnificent icon in the vertical context of high-rises and mountains. At the same time it creates a subtle unity with the ocean and the horizon. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Urban Boutique Hotel / BANG by MIN – Sae Min Oh (O)

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Architects: BANG by MIN (Sae Min Oh)
Location: Dongan-gu, Kyeongki-Do,
Architect In Charge: Sae Min Oh
Design Team: Changwook Kwak, Hyunduck Yoo
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 4586.57 sqm
Photographs: Huh Juneul, Courtesy of , Courtesy of Urban Boutique Hotel

Update: Culture Forest / Unsangdong Architects

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Unsangdong Architects shared with us the latest photos of the nearly finished “Culture Forest”, the Culture & Art Center in , Republic of Korea. Read the architect’s description and view schematic renderings on our previous post or the first stage of  the construction, here.

More photos after the break.

E+ Green Home / Unsangdong Architects

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Architects: Unsangdong Architects
Location: ,
Project Architect: Jang Yoon Gyoo, Shin Chang Hoon, Kim Youn Soo
Project Team: Choi Young Eun, Kim Ho Jin, Ahn Hye Joon Partner
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

HouseWING / AnLstudio + Heebon

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Architects: AnLstudio,
Location: Jongro, Seoul, South Korea
Design Team: Keehyun Ahn, Minsoo Lee, and Yongseok Kwon
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Sunghwan Yoon

Louver Haus / Smart Architecture

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Architects: Smart Architecture
Location: Susung-gu, Daegu,
Architect In Charge: Gun-cheol, Sung-hoon
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 400 sqm
Photographs: Jung-sik

Hyundai Advances Design Studion / Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

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Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Location: Seoul,
Design Team: Sebastian Brunke, Alejandro C. Carrera, Sabrina Miletich
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Poroscape / Younghan Chung + Studio Archiholic

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Architects: + Studio Archiholic
Location: Jongrogu, , Korea
Architect In Charge: Younghan Chung
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 191.12 sqm
Photographs: Kim Jae kyeong, Park Jong min

AD Round Up: Architecture in South Korea

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For today’s AD Round Up we have five great projects from . The main image belongs to iArc’s Incheon Tri-bowl, an amazing pavilion completed in 2010. Check out,  Z-House designed by Hohyun Park+Hyunjoo Kim or Pan Gyo Housing by MACK Architect(s), a low-density and sustainable community near . Revisit AnL studio’s Oceanscope, a public observatory deck made of recycled materials. Finally, you can’t miss the retail project, Galleria Centercity designed by UNstudio.