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09 Cafe Piora / studio_GAON

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Dangjin-si, South Korea
  • Architects: studio_GAON
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  109
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: American Standard, Daeje tiles, Eagon, Yerim, samhwa

Materials That Make Construction Details Protagonists: Photos of the Week

We love construction details! That's why this week's photos highlight the art of the synthesis of materials and the varied photographic products we can obtain by looking closer. Photographers like Joel Filipe, Marie-Françoise Plissart and Adria Goula, give us precise and beautiful exposure to wooden joints, steel structures, concrete details, curtain walls and more.

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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.

The House of Prajna / studio_GAON

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Gwacheon-si, South Korea
  • Architects: studio_GAON
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  199
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: LG Hausys, Terracotta

Aleph in Domoon / studio_GAON

© Youngchae Park© Youngchae Park© Yong-Kwan Kim© Yong-Kwan Kim+ 47

Sokcho-si, South Korea
  • Architects: studio_GAON
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  203
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: KMEW

House of Respect and Happiness / Studio GAON

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  • Architects: studio_GAON
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  115 Area:  115
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014 Year:  2014

Osulloc Tea House Pavilions / Mass Studies

© Yong-Kwan Kim© Yong-Kwan Kim© Yong-Kwan Kim© Yong-Kwan Kim+ 59

  • Architects: Mass Studies
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1452 Area:  1452
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012 Year:  2012

Daum Space.1 / Mass Studies

© Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

© Kyungsub Shin© Yong-Kwan Kim© Kyungsub Shin© Yong-Kwan Kim+ 51

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+ 22

S-Trenue Tower / Mass Studies

© Iwan Baan       © Kyungsub Shin© Yong-Kwan Kim© Yong-Kwan Kim+ 63

  • Architects: Mass Studies
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2931
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2006