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Jeju Stone Park Seolmundaehalmang Museum, Korea – 30 Oct 2013
Design: Samoo Architects & Engineers
Jeju Stone Park Seolmundaehalmang Museum Korea
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Because of the natural surrounding of the site, special consideration have been given towards creating a sustainable building. Solar path & wind path CFD simulations have been conducted to minimize the changes to the current environment. Natural ventilation have been planned to reduce energy usages while many of the roof have been planned as greenroofs to reduce heat gains and to enable rainwater collection for future usages.

National Library of Sejong City, South Korea – 27 Sep 2013
Design: Samoo Architects & Engineers
National Library of Sejong City Korea
photo : Giovanni Zanghi

The National Library of Sejong City is the first branch facility of the National Library of Korea and is planned to be built in the Multifunctional Administrative City of Korea, also known as Sejong City. Designed by Samoo Architects & Engineers with the motif of a book page being turned over, a simple geometry of a gently curved paper forms the basis of the design and creates a unique outline that is easily recognizable as one of the landmark buildings of the city. As one of the strategies in designing the building, the library was also planned to become an Emotional Library, a place where analogue and digital formats converge for the convenience of the users and to maximize the possibilities of the library.

Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea – 29 Aug 2013
Design: Samoo Architects & Engineers, Grimshaw Architect
Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute South Korea
photo : Young Chae Park

Within the Ecoplex lies the Ecorium, a landmark facility and a purpose-built exhibition facility. Designed by Samoo Architects & Engineers in collaboration with Grimshaw Architects, the Ecorium is composed of various greenhouses and controlled environments in order to reproduce the global ecosystem of five different climatic zones ranging from the tropical to the polar regions. Designed with the concept of ‘Nature’s Odyssey’, the individual climate zones are grouped by a linear podium which also functions as the main exhibition circulation path providing various experiences to visitors.

Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea – 25 Jul 2013
Design: SAMOO Architects & Engineers
Buk Seoul Museum of Art South Korea
photo : Young Chae Park

Like a serene white mass integrated into the hill this new building revitalizes the region which is mostly composed of monotonous high-rises apartments and provides a nature-friendly cultural space in which the green flow of the park integrates with the art museum to become a single entity.

Confucianism and Culture Complex, Andong, South Korea
World Confucianism Sunbi Culture Park & Korean Cultural Theme Park South Korea
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Confucianism and Culture Complex South Korea – 20 Jun 2013
The World Confucianism•Sunbi Culture Park & Korean Cultural Theme Park is a complex designed to become a hub for Confucianism and traditional culture in Korea. Located in Andong of Korea, a place well known for its preservation of traditional core values, the project aims to create a new center that will provide a unique experience for its global visitors. The whole complex consists of two major parks with distinct purposes.

Seoul Recycle Plaza, South Korea
Architect: Samoo Architects & Engineers
Seoul Recycle Plaza Building
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Seoul Recycle Plaza – 30 May 2013
Samoo Architects & Engineers has won the design competition for Seoul Recycle Plaza with the design concept of ‘Story Box’, which aims to promote recycling of goods and the creation of a hub for gathering, processing, and re-marketing of recycled goods.

Kangneung Speed Skating Arena & Sports Complex, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Architect: Samoo Architects & Engineers
Kangneung Speed Skating Arena & Sports Complex Masterplan
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Kangneung Speed Skating Arena – 27 Mar 2013
Located on a 440,000㎡ site that was once used for garbage disposal, the site is now covered with abundance of pine trees. The main concept of the masterplan was to utilize nature, arena, and the plaza as ‘three layers’ to produce a layout that would communicate and harmonize with the surrounding environment. The masterplan would link the arena with the various sports facilities such as figure/short-track skating arena, ice-hockey arena, and a park that will be located north of the site.

Bu El Qubeb & Ahmed Bin Ali Markets, Doha, Qatar
Doha Buildings
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Bu El Qubeb & Ahmed Bin Ali Markets – 21 Feb 2013
This project is located in the historical district of old Doha on the northeastern intersection of Grand Hammad Street and Ali Bin Abdulla Street. Bu El Qubeb Mosques have been recently restored on the site in order to preserve its traditional style. The goal of this project was to reinterpret the meaning of these traditional buildings, and to provide a solution for it to coexist in the urban fabric.

The Presidential Archives Korea in multi-functional Administrative City, South Korea
Design: SAMOO Architects & Engineers
The Presidential Archives in multi-functional Administrative City
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Presidential Archives Korea – 31 Jan 2013
The Presidential Archive conveys a sense of rigidity and authority due to the seriousness of its purpose. Therefore, the project aimed to be an archive where people could visit comfortably without feeling intimidated. People can enjoy viewing the historical records from nearly a century ago, and experience the history of former Korean presidents by walking along the hills and the waterside park. The cubical form of the main exhibition hall was derived from the box which holds the great seal used by presidents.

29 Jan 2013
Samoo Architects & Engineers Ranks 9th in World Architecture 100 Survey
Samoo 9th ranking : World Architecture 100 Survey
Samoo Architects & Engineers has been ranked the world’s ninth largest architecture practice in the World Architecture 100 (WA100) survey.

Garak Market Redevelopment, Seoul, Korea
Samoo Architects & Engineers
Garak Market Redevelopment Seoul
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Samoo Architects & Engineers – latest design
Garak Wholesale Market plans to transform itself from a neglected place that draws many criticism and cynicism due to its ever-present traffic congestion, smell of leftover vegetables and inefficient logistics system designed a quarter century ago.

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E-BRARY, Chungchungnam-do, Korea
Samoo Architects & Engineers
Ebrary Korea
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E-BRARY Building – design competition win
E-BRARY is short for Emotional Library. The idea behind this concept was that if the 1st & 2nd generation libraries were in analog and digital format, the libraries of the future will be in digital format but with analog characteristics, thus becoming an emotional library. Strategically, this concept is further developed through the creation of emotional form, space and experiences throughout the building.

Urban Trachea, Seoul Station area, Korea
Samoo Architects & De Stefano + Partners
Urban Trachea
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Urban Trachea
The development site for the Northern area of Seoul station has more characteristicsthat is defined by the railway roads within the site which actually isolates itself from the urban context. The condition is very different from the open and adventurous feeling that we associate with the name ‘Seoul Station’.

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