We are currently in Beta version and updating this search on a regular basis. We’d love to hear your feedback here.

  1. ArchDaily
  2. Korea

Korea: The Latest Architecture and News

First Look into Expo 2020 Dubai: 6 Must See National Pavilions

After a year delay due to the worldwide pandemic, October 1st saw the inauguration of one of the most anticipated events of the year; the Expo 2020 in Dubai. The event, which is being held for the first time in the Middle East, focuses on architecture, culture, and innovation, with over 191 national participants. The pavilions on display are divided into three districts: Mobility, Sustainability, and Opportunity, each showcasing how their country has contributed and will contribute to its respective theme. In addition to the national pavilions, each district has its own thematic pavilion: the Sustainability Pavilion “Terra” by Grimshaw, the Mobility Pavilion “Alif” by Foster + Partners, and the Opportunity Pavilion “Mission Impossible” by AGi Architects.

Read on to discover 6 must-see national pavilions of each district that explored their designated theme in a unique and captivating way. 

Korean Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Expo 2020 DubaiBahrain Pavilion. Image © Dima StouhiNetherlands Pavilion. Image © Jeroen MuschBrazilian Pavilion . Image © Dima Stouhi+ 7

An Art Beacon in Finland and A Museum Along A Pier: 9 Unbuilt Museum Projects Submitted to Archdaily

This week’s curated selection of Best Unbuilt Architecture highlights museum projects submitted by the ArchDaily community. Through examples from all around the world, the article explores how these spaces of knowledge and discovery are designed to inspire and inform.

Featuring a vertically developed art museum in Finland, a structure that merges with the landscape in China, or a maritime museum shaped by the conditions of the shoreline in Brazil, the round-up spans various kinds of museums and art spaces, as well as different attitudes towards the built or natural environment. The following projects reveal the ideas that shape museums in different contexts, illustrating diverse approaches towards what constitutes an institution of learning.

The new Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere by hey5. Image Courtesy of hey5Shanghai Submarine Museum by PES-Architects. Image © Hansinok, PES-ArchitectsThe National Museum of Korean Literature . Image Courtesy of TheeAeMountains Interweaving. Image Courtesy of 00Group+ 60

Herzog & de Meuron Completes its Concrete ST / Songeun Building in Korea

Herzog & de Meuron’s first realized project in Korea is completed and is set to open to the public in September 2021. Situated in the heart of Cheongdam Dong, one of the most commercial areas of Seoul, the ST International HQ and SongEun Art Space will offer non-commercial art spaces, a variety of new exhibition spaces, and offices for ST International both above and below ground, creating an inviting space for the public to engage with contemporary art. The first inaugural exhibition is expected to be on the 28th of September, and will be curated by the Swiss architecture firm in collaboration with SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation.

© Jihyun Jung© Jihyun Jung© Jihyun Jung© Jihyun Jung+ 5

Korean Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale Reimagines Traditional Schools

Titled "Future School", the Korean Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale Di Venezia, transforms the structure into an explorative academic facility. Curated by Hae-Won Shin, the pavilion will be on display at the Giardini from May 22nd until November 21st, 2021.

© Ugo Carmeni© Ugo Carmeni© Ugo Carmeni© Ugo Carmeni+ 10

Cho Byoung-soo of BCHO Architects on Korean Culture and Nature

Seoul is considered one of the most densely-populated and over-priced cities in the world, reaching a staggering $ 80,000 per square meter. The extreme conditions of the city have forced local architects to operate, design, and build framing the city's urban issues, traditions, and history. This approach by architects has created the theoretical basis of “The Condition of Seoul Architecture”, a publication by multidisciplinary practice TCA Think Tank which sees the point of view of 18 innovative South Korean architects.

In this interview, Pier Alessio Rizzardi, founder of the practice, talked to Cho Byoung-soo of BCHO Architects, discussing traditional Korean Architecture, the struggles of the contemporary Identity, and his sensitive approach to materiality, nature and time.

Ga On Jai House / IROJE KHM Architects

© Jong Oh Kim
© Jong Oh Kim

© Sergio Pirrone © Jong Oh Kim© Sergio Pirrone © Jeong Sik Mun+ 36

Seongnam-si, South Korea
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  329
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: VMZINC
  • Professionals: JEHYO

Young Joon Kim of Yo2 Architects on Rethinking Contemporary Seoul

Seoul is considered one of the most densely-populated and over-priced cities in the world, reaching a staggering $ 80,000 per square meter. The extreme conditions of the city have forced local architects to operate, design, and build framing the city's urban issues, traditions, and history. This approach by architects has created the theoretical basis of "The Condition of Seoul Architecture", a publication by multidisciplinary practice TCA Think Tank exhibited in the last Seoul Biennale, which sees the point of view of 18 innovative South Korean architects.

In this interview, Pier Alessio Rizzardi, founder of the practice, interviewed Young Joon Kim of Yo2 Architects, City Architect of Seoul, professor at MIT and Seoul National University, and curator of the Seoul Biennale. The atelier focuses on the creation of new architectural solutions using an urbanistic approach to architecture based on the complexity of contemporary life in Seoul.

Low Cost House / JYA-RCHITECTS

© Hwang Hyochel © Hwang Hyochel © Hwang Hyochel © Hwang Hyochel + 11

Jangheung-gun, South Korea
  • Architects: JYA-RCHITECTS
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

Open Call for Architects: Daegu Kansong Art Museum International Design Competition

(1) Competition Title
Daegu Kansong Art Museum International Design Competition

(2) Purpose
As the first domestic permanent exhibition space of the Kansong Art Museum,
the Daegu Kansong Art Museum is expected to serve not only as an archive of
our national cultural heritage, but also as a national cultural landmark. Hence,
it is the aim of this design competition to select an exceptional design for the
museum.

(3) Competition Type
In an open call for architects to be commissioned (commissioned architects)
to participate in this project, local and overseas architects are eligible to apply.
Three teams will be selected; they will join 3 other teams (1 local team; 2
overseas teams), composed

Restoration of Abandoned Church Connects Man, Nature, and God

Changtteul Church, is an old place of worship in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, that gets its name from the term "changtteul", meaning "a frame containing a window", in Korean. As its name suggests, the building's character lies in its series of windows, giving the visitors both outside and inside a unique experience of light and scenery.

Designers Hanyoung Jang and Hanjin Jang of studio minorormajor utilized the windows of Changtteul as a metaphorical motif for their design concept: the first being the 'window between man and God', and the second being ‘the window between man and nature’, immersing the abandoned religious facility with dramatic experiences.

© studio minorormajor© studio minorormajor© studio minorormajor© studio minorormajor+ 20

Seoul's Celebration of Architecture and the City Wraps up

Text provided by MasilWIDE. The Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism was held for about two months, came to an end in great success on November 10. First carried out in 2017 under the theme of 'Imminent Commons', the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (hereinafter Seoul Biennale) gathered 450,000 people in the first year and marked the beginning of the Seoul Biennale. This year, the much-expanded scale and interest of people were able to be seen as the attendance numbers of the first year was already exceeded in October, at the height of the Biennale.

Buddhist Monasteries and Spain's Islamic Palace-City Among 19 New Sites Added to UNESCO's World Heritage List

© Council for Inscription of Buddhist Mountain
© Council for Inscription of Buddhist Mountain

After carefully deliberating in their annual session, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee selected 19 new sites to inscribe on the World Heritage List in the city of Manama in Bahrain. Featuring 13 cultural sites such as Buddhist mountain monasteries in Korea, the industrial city of Ivrea in Italy, and the Caliphate city of Medina Azahara in Spain, alongside three natural sites and three mixed sites (classified as both cultural and natural heritage), the list now aggregates to 1092 sites in 167 countries.

From the historical Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul to the contemporary city of Brasilia orchestrated by Oscar Niemeyer, the World Heritage List has continuously exhibited varied examples of architecture and urban planning from different eras and movements from around the world. Amongst the new additions, there are several sites of religious importance, city organization, and natural conservation.

© Madinat al-Zahra Archaeological Site (CAMaZ)/M. Pijuán© IPOGEA© DAI/Göbekli Tepe Project© Förderverein Welterbe an Saale und Unstrut/Guido Siebert+ 15

Winning Design Revealed for New Complex Around Seoul’s Olympic Stadium

Built before the 1988 Summer Olympics, the Seoul Olympic Stadium in the Korean capital city’s Songpa District remains an active and treasured institution. Designed by Kim Swoo-geun, the stadium represents a significant moment in Korea’s modern history and remains a venue for large concerts and the home of Seoul E-Land FC.

While the Olympic Stadium itself will stand visibly intact in its original form, this spring the Korea National Urban Planning Association staged a competition for a new design of the Jamsil Sports Complex, which includes several sporting venues and buildings adjacent to the stadium, as well as almost 160,000 square meters of total area. Following the deadline earlier this month, the jury has announced NOW Architects in collaboration with NBBJ and SAMOO, as the winners of the competition.

Courtesy of NOW ArchitectsCourtesy of NOW ArchitectsCourtesy of NOW ArchitectsCourtesy of NOW Architects+ 12

Shortlist Released for 2018 Young Talent Architecture Award

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe has announced a list of 40 projects that will compete for the Young Talent Architecture Award 2018 (YTAA 2018). The award was established in 2016 to “support the talent of recently graduated Architects, Urban Planners and Landscape Architects who will be responsible for transforming our environment in the future,” and joins the Foundation's European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award “in promoting high-quality work amongst emerging and established architects through the acknowledgment of the value of good buildings.”

More than 330 projects were submitted from over 118 European, Chinese, and Korean architecture schools, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of 40 projects by an esteemed jury of architects and curators. The YTAA 2018 exhibition is a collateral event at the Venice Biennale, opening on May 24th at the Palazzo Mora, where 12 finalists will be announced. The names of the four winning schemes will become known on June 28th.

Agua Espraida Urban Integration / Beatrice Gevi from University of Genoa. Image via YTAA - Young Talent Architecture AwardBenevolent Scarring / Sean William Murphy from University of Limerick. Image via YTAA - Young Talent Architecture AwardBetween the Limit and the Trench / Margarita Zakynthinou-Xanthi, Elena Mylona, Zoi Tzoundidou from National Technical University of Athens. Image via YTAA - Young Talent Architecture AwardBuild to make a change / Francesca Vittorini from Marche Polytechnic University. Image via YTAA - Young Talent Architecture Award+ 41

Call for Entries: International Competition for Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education Headquarter Building

SEOUL EDUCATION HUB
International Competition for Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education Headquarter Building

1. Competition Goal
The purpose of the competition for Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education Headquarter Building is to create a comfortable and convenient working environment by securing appropriate office spaces and providing the Education Hub Space that may embrace the ideas and dreams of the Seoul educational families for the future education in Seoul.

2. Project Outline
● Location : 27, Duteopbawi-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea
● Site Area : 13,214.2㎡
● Building Area : 39,967㎡
● Construction Cost (Estimated): \100,689,000,000 KRW (surtax incl.)
● Design Fee (Estimated): \5,081,000,000 KRW (surtax incl.)
● Design Period: 360

Asif Khan Unveils 'Darkest Building on Earth' For Winter Olympics Pavilion

Asif Khan's Vantablack pavilion, the world's first super-black building, will open at the PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony on 9 February 2018.

The Olympic pavilion is coated with Vantablack VBx2 carbon nanotubes and illuminated by thousands of tiny white light rods. These rods extend from the structure's parabolic super-black facade and create the illusion of a field of stars suspended in space. Looking at the building will be the closest experience to looking into space from a point on Earth.

© Luke Hayes© Luke Hayes© Luke Hayes© Luke Hayes+ 11

1,500 Semi-Transparent Plastic Baskets Form a Lightweight Facade

Hyunje Joo's design for a façade in South Korea is a proposal that addresses the separation between the interior and exterior with the construction of a flexible, light, and recyclable architectural element.

The project, a surface made up of 1,500 semi-transparent plastic baskets, diffuses the light and the silhouettes, while offering the ability to be reused with different configurations in different places.

Open Call for a Swiss Room in Seoul

A Swiss Room to Showcase Lausanne’s Candidature to organize the 28th UIA Congress.

The challenge posed by this competition is to design a place object which encapsulates the ideas behind the topic of “Architecture and Water”. It involves creating a place to showcase Lausanne’s Candidature which offers an intuitive approach to the multiple ramifications of this topic. It should, effectively, act as a laboratory of ideas. This place-object must be able to house a table and 4 chairs for discussions, presentation of the candidature, etc. It will be located in the hall of the Convention center in Seoul.