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Morphosis Employs Fiber-Reinforced Facade for Kolon Headquarters in Seoul

12:30 - 10 February, 2017
Morphosis Employs Fiber-Reinforced Facade for Kolon Headquarters in Seoul, Exterior Perspective. Image © Morphosis Architects
Exterior Perspective. Image © Morphosis Architects

Morphosis Architects has revealed their designs for a new headquarters for manufacturing corporation The Kolon Group to be located in in emerging Magok district of Seoul, South Korea. Part of a revitalization effort fostered by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to turn the area into a new “industrial ecosystem,” the four-acre project will sit adjacent to Magok’s central park, becoming the district’s first major completed building.

Park View. Image © Morphosis Architects Exterior Approach. Image © Morphosis Architects Northwest Corner. Image © Morphosis Architects Interior Atrium. Image © Morphosis Architects + 38

Hanking Center Tower in China to Become Tallest Detached Core Building Worldwide

12:00 - 31 December, 2016

Morphosis Architects’ Hanking Center Tower in Shenzhen, China has recently topped out, with the 62nd floor now in place. Defined by its detached core configuration, the building positions its primary core 9 meters outside its main body, connected by a series of sky bridges and braces, in order to increase flexibility and light penetration into the floor plate.

Two secondary cores in the body of the building provide structural reinforcement and house private elevators for VIP users, as well as freight elevators and mechanical services.

In an effort to serve global professionals and bring density to the suburb of Nanshan, the tower will feature flexible office space on its open floor plate, anchored by high-end retail and dining.

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Are 3D Renderings Deceiving Architects and Clients?

09:30 - 6 October, 2015
Are 3D Renderings Deceiving Architects and Clients?, Rendering of Morphosis Architects' Hanking Center Tower in Shenzhen. Image © Morphosis Architects
Rendering of Morphosis Architects' Hanking Center Tower in Shenzhen. Image © Morphosis Architects

"The Rendering View," is a monthly column on ArchDaily by PiXate Creative founder Jonn Kutyla which focuses on hints, tips, and wider discussions about architectural rendering.

Digital architectural renderings and their hand-drawn counterparts both serve the purpose of allowing clients and investors to envision a building or space well-before ground has even been broken on a project.

But while renderings can provide amazingly accurate depictions of buildings, a rendering done in the wrong style can create unrealistic expectations for the end client, leaving them disappointed with the architect and the builders, creating tension and distrust. For that reason, among others, many people in the architectural profession have condemned the use of renderings, especially digital renderings. However, renderings are simply tools and nothing more; if you ask two separate rendering artists to create a rendering for your project, the results would also depend upon the skill and vision of that person. Today I am going to show you that when used correctly, digital architectural renderings should be an architect’s best friend.

Morphosis and Albert Kahn Join Forces to Expand Detroit University

12:26 - 6 August, 2015
Morphosis and Albert Kahn Join Forces to Expand Detroit University , © Morphosis Architects
© Morphosis Architects

Morphosis Architects has teamed up with Albert Kahn Associates to expand Detroit's Lawrence Technological University with a new "Taubman Complex." Marked by a "carbon-fiber circulation orb," the complex will form a new grand entrance to the University and provide flexible laboratory space for multidisciplinary research, including robotics and biomedical engineering.

Morphosis Breaks Ground on Shenzhen Office Tower

18:50 - 14 April, 2015
Morphosis Breaks Ground on Shenzhen Office Tower, © Morphosis Architects
© Morphosis Architects

Construction is underway on a striking new tower by Morphosis Architects in Shenzhen. "A departure from conventional towers," as the practice describes, the "Hanking Center Tower" merges commercial retail with private office space through the folding of its steel structure. Beyond that, tenants are connected via a series communal sky gardens and a massive sun-lit atrium that occupies the building's core.

Plaza. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects Lobby. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects Retail. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects + 23

Morphosis Unveils Plans for 381-Meter-Tall Skyscraper in Vals

12:36 - 25 March, 2015
Morphosis Unveils Plans for 381-Meter-Tall Skyscraper in Vals, © Morphosis Architects
© Morphosis Architects

Morphosis Architectshighly anticipated plans for a new luxury hotel in Vals has been unveiled. The proposal, selected by 7132 Ltd (and denounced by the jury) following an international competition, was lauded by the client for its “minimalist approach” that will “help the hotel blend with the mountain landscape at the existing resort campus.”

The ultra-thin, 381-meter-tall tower will be one of three Pritzker laureate-designed projects at the 7132 resort, joining Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals Spa and Tadao Ando’s Valser Path, which is slated for completion in 2017.

More images and a response from Tadao Ando, after the break. 

Podium. Image © Morphosis Architects Lobby. Image © Morphosis Architects Suite. Image © Morphosis Architects Penthouse. Image © Morphosis Architects + 8

Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis Architects

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis Architects, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science / Morphosis Architects

01:00 - 20 November, 2012
Perot Museum of Nature and Science / Morphosis Architects, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

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