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Hello Mongol (HM VER 1.0; ABSORBING GER) / Seoul Manifesto

diagram 01: adopting acordian system to get mobility
diagram 01: adopting acordian system to get mobility

Seoul Manifesto, a group of young architects in Seoul, South Korea, are known for designing projects with the objective of making structures with better social responsibility. In their project, Hello Mongol / HM VER 1.0 / ABSORBING GER, their goal is to make a mobile structure which can achieve two different goals, making an alternative residence for desertification of Mongol and stirring up the public’s attention for the problem. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Galleria Centercity / UNStudio

©  UNStudio. Photographed by Kim Jong-Kwan
© UNStudio. Photographed by Kim Jong-Kwan

Our friends from UNStudio have shared their latest 66,000 square meter Galleria in Cheonan, South Korea, with us.  The Galleria attempts to re-define the traditional typology of such a place, as changing societal norms in Asia have led supermarkets to operate as “social and semi-cultural meeting places,” according to Ben van Berkel.   As a result, the project blends the functional aspect of a large scale commercial store, while placing emphasis on maintaining a sense of public space for social and cultural aspects. More information and photos after the break.

SILO Recycling Competition for YEOSU-EXPO / G.Lab* by Gansam Architects & Partner

Courtesy of Gansam Architects & Partners
Courtesy of Gansam Architects & Partners

Gansam Architects & Partners proposal for the SILO Recycling International Competition for the Yeosu Expo in Yeosu, South Korea.  The design includes an expo gallery and visitor’s center that hopes to establish the feeling of the expo center with the city and its natural environment. Read on for more images and information after the break.

POSTECH Marine Sciences Campus / SmithGroup

© SmithGroup
© SmithGroup

SmithGroup shared their winning master plan proposal for a new Marine Sciences campus for the Pohang Institute of Science and Technology (POSTECH), in Uljin, South Korea.  With the driving concept of a “wave” – a form common to both land and sea – the new design takes full advantage of the site’s natural beauty, weaving students throughout the campus and tying the man-made with the undulating topography. More about the winning proposal after the break.

KT Landmark Tower / Studio Daniel Liebeskind + G.Lab* by Gansam Architects & Partners

@ Courtesy of SDL & G.Lab*
@ Courtesy of SDL & G.Lab*

Architect: Daniel Libeskind + G.Lab* by Gansam Architects & Partners Location: Seoul, South Korea Client: KT Corporation Project architect: Carla Swickerath (Studio Daniel Libeskind) + Chuloh Jung (G.Lab* by Gansam Architects & Partners) Design team: Seungki Min, Byungdon Yoo, Roy Oei (Studio Daniel Libeskind) + Shinhui Won, Wookjin Chung, Sangsu Park, Sang-Hyun Son, Inkyung Han, Taewook Kang, Namhui Kim, Shinkyung Jo (G.Lab* by Gansam Architects & Partners) Project area: 169,784 sqm Competition Year: 2010

KEPCO Headquarters Competition proposal / H Associates

In 2009, the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) announced a competition for its new headquarters to be built in a city near Naju, South Korea. H Associates proposal received 3rd place. The new KEPCO headquarters, which would include nearly 120,000 square meters of office space and public ex¬hibition program, will constitute a major anchor point of this emerging city. KEPCO has mandated an ambitious program of objectives for the facilities with its vision to become a genuine Green Energy leader among the world’s utility corporations.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Anti VJ facade installation at Songdo


An impressive visual performance by label Anti VJ , over the facade of a recent building in the new Songdo city, South Korea.

2012 Yeosu World Exposition Big-O International Idea Competition Winner

G.Lab*, a department of Gansam Architects &Partners in Seoul, Korea won the International Ideas Competition for the 2012 Yeosu World Exposition Big-O.

The project’s theme is “Green Ocean, Blue Forest” and it’s expected to be complete this year.

See more images and architect’s description after the break.

The Water Cube / MVRDV

MVRDV shared with us their design of The Water Cube, a pavilion for the World Expo 2012 in Yeosu, Korea. The theme of the Expo is “The Living Ocean and Coast”. You can see more proposals for the thematic pavilion by Ginseng Chicken, PTA, and Nicoletti Associati.

Suncheon International Wetlands Center / G.Lab*

Architect: G.Lab* by Gansam Architects & Associates Location: 540 Ochon Dong Suncheon City, Jeonnam Province, South Korea Project Architect: Chuloh Jung Design team: Dae Hyun Im, Sang Hyun Son, Daniel Da Rocha, Tana Hovland, Alex Cornelius, Lawrence Ha, Lyla Wu Client: Republic of Korea Site Area: 33,000 sqm Building Area: 8,300 sqm Competition Year: 2009 Images: G.Lab*

Sheraton Incheon Hotel in Korea / HOK

The new 300-room, five-star-rated Sheraton Incheon Hotel recently opened in New Songdo City, Korea, offering a new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of a new urban center.

HOK provided architectural design, landscape design and sustainable design services for the new 500,000-square-foot, LEED® certified hotel.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Digital Media City / SOM

© Giroud Pichot
© Giroud Pichot

SOM recently unveiled the design for the Digital Media City Landmark Tower in Seoul, Korea. The 2,100 foot (640m) tall tower will be the tallest tower in East Asia when completed in 2014. The iconic building is located in the north of the Han River, which crosses the city, and will dominate the skyline becoming a important icon for Seoul… which is what you will expect if you commission a tower this tall.

Competition for the Sustainable Development of Gadeokdo

The purpose of the competition is establish a schematic design for developing the Gadeokdo region in Busan Metropolitan city, Republic of Korea, as an international compound zone by obtaining the broad ideas of experts at home and abroad.

Gimpo Art Hall / G.Lab*

Situated on the southern bank of the Han River, Gimpo is a city in the process of transforming from an agricultural economy toward a consumer-based economy.   Seoul architects G.Lab*’s, of Gansam Partners, proposal for the Gimpo Art Hall embraces the fact that the city is emerging as a contemporary regional hub and the design also reflects upon the region’s history.

More about the project and more images after the break.

Lotte Super Tower / KPF

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the international architecture firm headquartered in New York,  announced it has completed the conceptual design for Lotte Super Tower 123 in Seoul, South Korea. The 555-meter (1,821 feet), 123-story tower, when completed in 2014, will be the tallest building in Asia and the world’s second tallest after the Burj Dubai.

Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) was selected earlier this year after an international design competition by owner/developer Lotte Group, one of South Korea’s largest conglomerates. This long anticipated project has now earned all major zoning approvals, and excavation is nearly complete. The building will serve as Lotte’s new corporate headquarters and will be built by Lotte Construction, a subsidiary of the group. Architect’s description after the break.

2014 Incheon Asian Games Main Stadium / Populous

The competition-winning design of the main stadium for the 17th Asian games in Incheon, in South Korea, illustrates a new level of sustainable design in stadia in Asia. The stadium will hold 70,000 people for the main event in 2014 and will reduce down to a single sided grandstand for 30,000 afterward as a People’s Park for the city of Incheon. The global architecture firm, Populous, formerly HOK Sport Venue Event, is designing Incheon stadium with local firm Heerim Architects and Planners.

More information at Bustler. More images after the break.

UN Memorial / ACME


London-based architecture firm ACME was awarded third prize in a recent competition to design a United Nations memorial.  Initiated by the city of Chungju in South Korea, the selected memorial will rest in the city’s UN Peace Park.  ACME’s proposal is comprised of a 1,500 seating assembly, two conference halls, a theater and exhibition spaces.  The organization of the memorial is metaphorically modeled similarly to the United Nations, where many parts make up the whole. More about the memorial after the break.

Songdo IBD / Kohn Pedersen Fox

We’ve featured several master plans where countries implement eco-friendly community measures in their newest developments.  The desire for a well planned, green city now belongs to South Korea, who announced not one, but two master plans (Foster + Partners’ plan soon to be featured on AD).  For the Songdo International Business District, Kohn Pedersen Fox has created a functioning network of over 120 green buildings placed amidst acres of landscaped open spaces.  Located on 1,500 acres on the waterfront of Incheon, the $300 billion plan will provide housing for 75,000 residents and handle 300,000 commuters.

More about the sustainable community after the break.