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Communique Headquarters / DaeWha Kang Design

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Henning Larsen Wins Competition for a Mixed-Use Development in South Korea

Henning Larsen’s proposal for Seoul Valley was selected as the winner of the Central Seoul Development Competition. Seeking to become a new home for the public in the center of the city, the mixed-use developmentmerges Seoul’s global commercial profile with an ecological return to downtown pedestrian life”. Other entries included schemes by MVRDV and SOM.

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Five Corners House / Snow AIDe

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© Jaeyoun Kim

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  • Architects: Snow AIDe
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  696
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Enscape, DADA brick, Noroo paint, Pos-Zinc, +2

Seoul City Architectural Ideas Competition: Preparing for the Post COVID-19 Era

It is now of worldwide interest to re-think how our cities will adapt to a post-COVID-19 era, and take the necessary actions. Understanding that social distancing is of vital importance, our various daily-life spaces will face an inevitable change. Considering the current situation which calls for proper architectural solutions in response to the unprecedented pandemic, The Seoul Metropolitan Government is developing innovative concepts for new built environments, city spaces, and landscapes, able to adapt to this post-coronavirus era. Aligned with this approach, Seoul City has recently held an international Competition for Architectural Ideas in order to prepare for the post-COVID-19 world.

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Seroro House / Smaller Architects

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© Byun Jongseok

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  • Architects: Smaller Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  66
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Hankook Technoplex / Foster + Partners

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  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  47919
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

harlan + holden store / David Chipperfield Architects

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Sinsa-dong Office Complex / JMY architects

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  • Architects: JMY architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  64
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Seoul Compact City International Design Competition Releases Results of its 3 Projects

The Seoul Compact City has held 3 different international design competitions, in 3 different neighborhoods in Seoul, South Korea, hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and organized by Seoul Housing Corporation (SH Corporation). Aiming to create complex urban spaces in each of the interventions of the three-dimensional project, the contest selected visionary winning teams for each thematic, focusing on the introduction of public housing units and the enhancement of the infrastructure.

Gangil 2nd position. Image Courtesy of M.A. Architects & PartnersJangji 1st position. Image Courtesy of M.A. Architects & PartnersJangji 2nd position. Image Courtesy of M.A. Architects & PartnersSinnae 1st position. Image Courtesy of M.A. Architects & Partners+ 18

UNStudio Creates Winning Master Plan for the Korean National Football Centre in Seoul

UNStudio in collaboration with Johan Cruijff ArenA designed a winning plan for the Korean National Football Centre in Seoul. Focusing on health, wellness, science, technology, education, and promoting a healthy lifestyle, the project was selected as the winning design in an international closed competition that took place in March this year.

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.

Micro Housing S / Architects H2L

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  • Architects: Architects H2L
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  151
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Trimble Navigation, WITHJIS

La Cucina / Myeongborang / Choon Choi Architects

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1600
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: DAELIM BATH, American Standard Korea, Eagon, Hyundai-elevator, Lotte Parking System, +1

UNStudio Completes Remodeling Works of the Hanwha HQ in Seoul

UNStudio has just completed the remodeling works of the Hanwha headquarters building in Seoul, while the building remained fully occupied. The refurbishment operations have created a modern establishment that meets the current sustainability requirements.

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White Boat / IROJE KHM Architects

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Dimension Lab Showroom / ARTEFACT

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  • Architects: ARTEFACT
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  184
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Vibia, AutoDesk, Foscarini, Trimble