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What Exactly is a Polycarbonate Translucent Facade?

Translucent facades are light glazing panels used on the exterior of buildings, protecting the structure from weather damage, dampness, and erosion. Its composition of polycarbonate microcells creates a soft, naturally diffused light with a wide range of possible colors, brightnesses, and opacities.

By fixing these panels in place with concealed joints, it’s possible to hide unsightly building elements and assist in protecting users from harmful UV rays, while also ensuring maximum thermal conduction. Individuals who use them will notice a reduction in energy bills because they use the sun’s natural light to heat and illuminate buildings, creating very attractive indoor environmental conditions for different uses. 

MZ Kitchen / QdL Arquitectos. Image © María González Nathalie Mauclair Gymnasium / Schemaa. Image © David Foessel Nathalie Mauclair Gymnasium / Schemaa. Image © David Foessel Option Coffee Bar / TOUCH Architect. Image © Metipat Prommomate + 25

Devant Soi House / Studio GAON

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Jetavana Buddhist Temple / Studio GAON

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Chuncheon-si, South Korea
  • Architects: Studio GAON
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Yongin Dongsanjae / Lee.haan.architects

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Yongin, South Korea
  • Architects: Lee.haan.architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 196.01
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Three Yard House / D·Lim Architects

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Yongin-si, South Korea

Urban Cabin / Hyunseung Lee

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Haeundae-gu, South Korea
  • Architects: Hyunseung Lee
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 49.59
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Lucia's Garden / studio_GAON

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Gongju-si, South Korea
  • Architects: studio_GAON
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 35.44
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

Juck-e-jae in Hadong / studio_GAON

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Hadong-gun, South Korea
  • Architects: studio_GAON
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 136.21
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Su-o-jae in Eunpyeong / studio_GAON

© Youngchae Park 
 © Youngchae Park 
 © Youngchae Park 
 © Youngchae Park 
 + 38

Jingwan-dong, South Korea
  • Architects: studio_GAON
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 98.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

W House / ODE ARCHITECTS

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  • Architects: ODE ARCHITECTS
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 298.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Yosanyosu House / studio_GAON

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Pyeongchang-dong, South Korea
  • Architects: studio_GAON
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 99.36
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

J&J house / studio_GAON

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Naju-si, South Korea
  • Architects: studio_GAON
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 130.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Casa Linea / studio_GAON

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Dongjeong-ri, South Korea
  • Architects: studio_GAON
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 298.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

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.

Rock & Branch / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

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Seoul, South Korea

The Gate / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

Busan, South Korea

Yoojeongheon in Jeju Island / studio_GAON

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Jeju-si, South Korea
  • Architects: studio_GAON
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 139.79
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Aleph in Domoon / studio_GAON

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Sokcho-si, South Korea
  • Architects: studio_GAON
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 203.55
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013