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12 Dynamic Buildings in South Korea Pushing the Brick Envelope

12 Dynamic Buildings in South Korea Pushing the Brick Envelope

Bricks are as old as the hills. An enduring element of architectural construction, brick has been a material of choice as far back as 7000BC. Through the centuries, bricks have built ancient empires in Turkey, Egypt, Rome and Greece. Exposed stock brick came to define the Georgian era, with thousands of red brick terraces still lining the streets of cities such as London, Edinburgh and Dublin.

Today, brick is experiencing a Renaissance. Architectural landmarks across the world such as Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building in Sydney and the Tate Modern Switch House by Herzog & de Meuron are pushing the proverbial brick envelope, redefining how the material can be used and perceived.

South Korea presents an interesting case for the changing face of brick, with a preference for dark, grey masonry striking a heavy, brutalist, yet playful tone. Like many countries, South Korean brick architecture has questioned conformity, experimenting with stepped, perforated, permeable facades, and dynamic, curved, flowing walls. Below, we have rounded up 12 of their most interesting results.

MU:M Office Building / Wise Architecture

© kyung Roh
© kyung Roh

© kyung Roh © kyung Roh © kyung Roh © kyung Roh + 62

‘The Rock’ Sangsu-dong office / designband YOAP architects

© Shin Do Keun
© Shin Do Keun

© Shin Do Keun © Shin Do Keun © Shin Do Keun © Shin Do Keun + 62

The Ziffer / JLArchitects + Solto Jibin

© Namsun Lee
© Namsun Lee

© Namsun Lee © Namsun Lee © Namsun Lee © Namsun Lee + 62

Two Courtyards House + Bridge 130 Cafe / Lee.haan.architects

© Joonhwan Yoon
© Joonhwan Yoon

© Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon + 62

SJ Office Building / Le Sixieme

© Kim Jaeyoon
© Kim Jaeyoon

© Kim Jaeyoon © Kim Jaeyoon © Kim Jaeyoon © Kim Jaeyoon + 62

B’ house / 100 A associates

© Yadah
© Yadah

© Yadah © Yadah © Yadah © Yadah + 62

Blooming House with Wild Flowers / studio GAON

© Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park + 62

Kangaroo House / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

© Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park + 62

ABC Building / Wise Architecture

© Chin HyoSook
© Chin HyoSook

© Chin HyoSook © Chin HyoSook © Chin HyoSook © Chin HyoSook + 62

The Curving House / JOHO Architecture

© Sun Namgoong
© Sun Namgoong

© Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong + 62

Pixel House / Mass Studies and Slade Architecture

© Yong-Kwan Kim
© Yong-Kwan Kim

© Yong-Kwan Kim © Yong-Kwan Kim © Yong-Kwan Kim © Yong-Kwan Kim + 62

Marimba House / ISON Architects

© Kim jong oh
© Kim jong oh

© Kim jong oh © Kim jong oh © Kim jong oh © Kim jong oh + 62

You can learn more about bricks through our materials catalog and our previous article about brick constructive details.

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Cite: Fernanda Castro. "12 Dynamic Buildings in South Korea Pushing the Brick Envelope" 30 Apr 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/869482/12-dynamic-buildings-in-south-korea-pushing-the-brick-envelope/> ISSN 0719-8884
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