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Which Cities Have the Most High-Rises?

06:00 - 19 June, 2018
Which Cities Have the Most High-Rises?

The downtown skyline of a city is perhaps its most symbolic feature. The iconic cityscapes that we know and love are typically formed by skyscrapers, but much of the surrounding context is made up of other high-rise buildings. Yes, there is a difference between a skyscraper and a high-rise. Research company Emporis defines a high-rise as a building at least 35 meters (115 feet) or 12 stories tall. These high-rise buildings play a major role in the more sprawled urban context of larger cities today.

Read on for Emporis' list of the 20 cities in the world with the most high-rises. You might be surprised by which cities made the cut.

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M.C. Building / URCODE Architecture

22:00 - 7 June, 2018
M.C. Building / URCODE Architecture, © DISTINTO
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LIMAS / Farming Architecture

19:00 - 7 June, 2018

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin + 27

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

08:00 - 30 May, 2018
Winning Design Revealed for New Complex Around Seoul’s Olympic Stadium, Courtesy of NOW Architects
Courtesy of NOW Architects

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

Genesis Gangnam Store / OMA

11:05 - 28 May, 2018
Genesis Gangnam Store / OMA, Photograph by June Young Lim, Courtesy of Hyundai
Photograph by June Young Lim, Courtesy of Hyundai

Photograph by June Young Lim, Courtesy of Hyundai Photograph by June Young Lim, Courtesy of Hyundai Photograph by June Young Lim, Courtesy of Hyundai Photograph by June Young Lim, Courtesy of Hyundai + 33

Francisco Sanin and Lim Jaeyong appointed as co-directors for the 2019 Seoul Biennale

04:00 - 17 May, 2018
Francisco Sanin and Lim Jaeyong appointed as co-directors for the 2019 Seoul Biennale, © Tommaso Tanini - <a rel="nofollow" class="external free" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/imagearchive/3709498895/in/set-72157622307379208">https://www.flickr.com/photos/imagearchive/3709498895/in/set-72157622307379208</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0" title="Creative Commons Attribution 4.0">CC BY 4.0</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35831971">Link</a> Francisco Sanin (left), Peter Wilson, Felicit Scott, Pier Vittorio Aureli during the Symposium (curated by Pietro Valle) "Architecture, visions and Power". in Florence, Italy
© Tommaso Tanini - https://www.flickr.com/photos/imagearchive/3709498895/in/set-72157622307379208, CC BY 4.0, Link Francisco Sanin (left), Peter Wilson, Felicit Scott, Pier Vittorio Aureli during the Symposium (curated by Pietro Valle) "Architecture, visions and Power". in Florence, Italy

Colombian professor Francisco Sanin and South Korean architect Lim Jaeyong were appointed as co-directors for the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. The announcement is followed by an inaugural edition held in 2017 with 460,000 visitors in total.

Born in Medellin, Colombia, Sanin earned his degree at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. He had a crucial role in Medellin's urban transformation, working alongside former governor of Antioquia Sergio Fajardo, and was co-commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale. Currently, Sanin is an architecture professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture. Also, a practicing architect with works in Colombia, South Korea, and China.

Seoul Coffee / LABOTORY

00:00 - 17 May, 2018
Seoul Coffee / LABOTORY, © Yongjoon Choi
© Yongjoon Choi

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Zaha Hadid's Dongdaemun Design Plaza Through the Lens of Andres Gallardo

09:30 - 21 April, 2018
Zaha Hadid's Dongdaemun Design Plaza Through the Lens of Andres Gallardo, © Andres Gallardo
© Andres Gallardo

In the bustling streets of Seoul, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza by Zaha Hadid Architects has become a landmark for its atypical architecture. A complex yet effortless building, the Design Plaza encapsulates the energy of the cultural hub in Dongdaemun, an area that has itself earned the nickname of the "town that never sleeps" thanks to its late-night fashion market.

Investigating the building's twists and turns, Andres Gallardo has photographed the structure's fluid compositions. Although his photographs display little human presence, the building itself expresses the activity that occurs throughout day and night. Beneath the walkable park on the roof, Dongdaemun Design Plaza includes large global exhibition spaces, a design museum, 24-hour retail stores and a media center, among many other facilities that intertwine across the levels.

© Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo + 26

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

14:00 - 17 April, 2018
Call for Entries: International Competition for Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education Headquarter Building , Korea Architects Institute
Korea Architects Institute

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

YKH Associates HQ in Seoul / YKH Associates

22:00 - 13 April, 2018
YKH Associates HQ in Seoul / YKH Associates, © Jeongkyu Lee
© Jeongkyu Lee

© Jeongkyu Lee © Jaechul Yu © Jaechul Yu © Jaechul Yu + 48

  • Architects

  • Location

    55-2 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Tae Sun Hong
  • Team

    Soyeon Kim, Jaeho Shin, Daejung Sang, Seho Lee, Jongmin Lee, Yeongmuk Bak, Yongki Kim
  • Area

    556.26 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Yuhantechnos HQ / MMKM associates

19:00 - 19 March, 2018
Yuhantechnos HQ / MMKM associates, © Hanul Lee
© Hanul Lee

© Hanul Lee © Hanul Lee © Hanul Lee © Hanul Lee + 37

David Chipperfield's Amorepacific Headquarters in Seoul Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

09:30 - 17 March, 2018
© Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Amorepacific, Korea's largest beauty company, occupies a site in the centre of Seoul, Korea. Their headquarters was designed by David Chipperfield Architects as a single clear volume, with large urban openings and a central void. In the middle of a bustling downtown landscape, the building strikes a bright, open figure.

The Amorepacific HQ took three years to complete and opened in 2017. The firm described the building as "abstract and gestural," with hanging gardens that provide dramatic views over the city and the mountains in the distance. The design echoes aspirations of mediating between local and global, private and public, collective and individual, formal and informal. Laurian Ghinitoiu captures the identity of this dynamic headquarters.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 15

Siyeonjae / DESIGN GROUP COLLABO

20:00 - 13 March, 2018
Siyeonjae  / DESIGN GROUP COLLABO, © Yoon Joonhwan
© Yoon Joonhwan

© Yoon Joonhwan © Yoon Joonhwan © Yoon Joonhwan © Yoon Joonhwan + 39

925 Building / JHW IROJE architects&planners

19:00 - 27 February, 2018
925 Building / JHW IROJE architects&planners, © Kim, Youngkwan
© Kim, Youngkwan

© Kim, Youngkwan © Kim, Youngkwan © Kim, Youngkwan © Kim, Youngkwan + 46

Atelier Chaeyeon / L'eau Design + Dongjin Kim

22:00 - 22 February, 2018
Atelier Chaeyeon / L'eau Design + Dongjin Kim, © Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin + 34

Cornerstone 1-532 / Leehong Kim Architects

22:00 - 20 February, 2018
Cornerstone 1-532 / Leehong Kim Architects, © Kyung Sub Shin
© Kyung Sub Shin

© Kyung Sub Shin © Kyung Sub Shin © Kyung Sub Shin © Kyung Sub Shin + 17

Around Magazine Office Building / FHHH friends

22:00 - 14 February, 2018
© Kim Yong Kwan
© Kim Yong Kwan

© Kim Yong Kwan © Kim Yong Kwan © Kim Yong Kwan © Kim Yong Kwan + 44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea
  • Category

  • Team

    Yoon Hanjin, Han Seung Jae, Han Yang Kyu
  • Area

    99.5 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

ID Hospital / Dongjin Kim + L'eau Design

19:00 - 29 January, 2018
ID Hospital / Dongjin Kim + L'eau Design, © Shin, Kyungsub
© Shin, Kyungsub

© Shin, Kyungsub © Shin, Kyungsub © Shin, Kyungsub © Shin, Kyungsub + 21