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Gangnam Style – Chungha Building
Design: MVRDV
Chungha Building
photo : ShinkyoungSub
Gangnam Style Seoul – 12 Jun 2013
Just before a Korean pop-song became a global success on YouTube for the first time in history, and Gangnam became world famous as the nouveau riche hangout of the South-Korean capital Seoul, MVRDV was commissioned to redefine a building on Gangnam’s chic Apgujung Road. Even though the Chungha building was completed in the 1980s it was already outdated in a street dominated by flagship stores.

New Swiss Embassy in Seoul, South Korea
Design: Kubota & Bachmann Architects
New Swiss Embassy Seoul Building
image : JIGEN

New Swiss Embassy in Seoul – 4 Dec 2012
This proposal for the new Swiss embassy serves as a worthy representation of the Swiss Confederation in Seoul. Its design aims to respond to environmental factors, site context, and climate conditions. The subtly detailed architecture is secluded by a surrounding wall and vegetative screen. The project is not seen as a single entity from the large neighbouring buildings, but as a Hamlet. It is perceived as a collection of small houses separated by courtyards and trees. The overhanging roofs of these buildings protect them from the weather and shield them from exterior views.

IFC Seoul Mall, South Korea
Design: Benoy
Seoul Mall Building
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IFC Seoul Mall – 13 Oct 2012
Benoy announce the opening of their first development in Korea with the introduction of the dynamic IFC Seoul Mall. This new retail mall is part of the landmark IFC Seoul mixed use development, located in the prime business district of Yeouido.

Seoul Building – Recent Designs

French Restaurant, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu
BANG by MIN emerging design group
French Restaurant in Gangnam-gu Seoul Korea
image : Choi, Jungwoo

French Restaurant in Seoul – 5 Jul 2012
‘La Ville de Pins’ is a French Restaurant Remodeling project in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, which is the hottest district at metropolitan area in the city of Seoul, Korea. I thought that the conciseness might tell the message more strongly in the age when the extraordinary designs are rampant formatively and visually. Therefore, I designed this space only with white color and shapes of extremely moderated straight line on the whole.

Velo Towers
Asymptote Architecture
Velo Towers Korea
image © Asymptote Architecture

Velo Towers Seoul – 13 Jun 2012
Asymptote Architecture principals Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture are pleased to announce the launch of the Velo Towers, within the Dreamhub development in the Yongsan District. Asymptote’s building is designed as an integral part of the master plan accommodating several new projects that are situated along the newly planned Yongsan Park.

Kukje Gallery Seoul
Kukje Gallery Building
photograph : Iwan Baan

Kukje Gallery Seoul – 13 Jun 2012
After 3 years of design and construction, SO – IL, the architectural studio of Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, complete a space for Kukje Gallery, in the historic neighborhood of Samcheong-ro in Seoul, South-Korea. The new building greatly expands the gallery’s programming possibilities with the addition of a 16 x 9 x 6m day lit gallery space, a 60 seat auditorium, offices and art storage spaces.

Diagonal Tower, Seoul
Design: SOM
Diagonal Tower Building
image © SOM/Crystal CG

Diagonal Tower – 1 Jun 2012
A case study in efficiency, SOM’s design of the 343-meter (1,125-foot) tall Diagonal Tower successfully integrates massing, structure, and performance to minimize wind loads, reduce construction costs, provide dramatic views, and meet strict energy codes—all while maintaining an iconic skyline presence.

Dancing Towers, Yongsan Business District, Seoul
Studio Daniel Libeskind
Dancing Towers Buildings
image © Crystal

Dancing Towers Seoul – 30 May 2012
These Korean skyscraper buildings form a mixed-use development that consists of three 41 story residential towers, (a total of 834 total residential units). The design is “inspired by the traditional Korean Buddhist Dance known as Seung-Moo. The subtle rotation of the towers creates the illusion they are dancing, as inspired by the long sleeves of the Seung-Moo dancer’s traditional costumes, gracefully propelled by the dancer’s movements”.

Harmony Tower, Yongsan Business District, Seoul
Studio Daniel Libeskind
Harmony Tower Seoul Building
image © Crystal

Harmony Tower Seoul – 30 May 2012
This Korean Skyscraper Building is part of the new Yongsan International Business district (YIBD)development in Seoul, is an iconic, 21st century sustainable office tower that is 46 floors. The design for the tower is inspired by YunDeung, traditional Korean paper lanterns. The concept is to create a tower as a faceted lantern, whose multiple planes reflect the sky and the earth and capture the light on its differing angles, creating a glowing gateway and beacon in the YIBD site.

Daeyang Gallery and House, Seoul
Design: Steven Holl Architects
Daeyang Gallery and House Seoul
photograph : Iwan Baan

Daeyang Gallery and House – 29 May 2012
The private gallery and house is sited in the hills of the Kangbuk section of Seoul, Korea. The project was designed as an experiment parallel to a research studio on “the architectonics of music.” The basic geometry of the building is inspired by a 1967 sketch for a music score by the composer Istvan Anhalt, “Symphony of Modules,” which was discovered in a book by John Cage titled “Notations.” Three pavilions; one for entry, one residence, and one event space, appear to push upward from a continuous gallery level below. A sheet of water establishes the plane of reference from above and below.

Yongsan Tower Building, Seoul
Yongsan Tower Building
image : Luxigon

Yongsan Tower Building – 17 May 2012
Another intriguing building located in the Yongsan International Business District, alongside a series of major new buildings designed by world-famous architects. The building forms a gateway to YIBD from Hangang-ro.

The Blade, Seoul
Dominique Perrault Architecture
The Blade Seoul
image : 2012 © Luxigon / DPA / Adagp

The Blade Seoul
Dominique Perrault has been selected to build a tower within the future Yongsan International Business Center in Seoul, whose masterplan was designed by Daniel Libeskind. “It is not a square or a round building, but a rhomboid prism, arranged in a way that makes it look different depending on the angle of approach. Inspired by its slender shape and sharp edges, the tower has been named The Blade”.

Dancing Dragons, Yongsan International Business District in Seoul
Dancing Dragons Seoul
image © AS+GG

Dancing Dragons Seoul – 10 May 2012
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is pleased to announce its design for Dancing Dragons, a pair of landmark supertall mixed-use towers for the new Yongsan International Business District in Seoul, South Korea. The buildings, which include residential, “officetel” and retail elements, consist of slender, sharply angled mini-towers cantilevered around a central core. The design aesthetic is highly contemporary yet informed by aspects of traditional Korean culture.

Cross Towers
Cross Towers Seoul
image : MIR

Cross Towers Seoul – 3 May 2012
BIG’s residential towers in the Yongsan International Business District revitalize the Han riverfront into a new commercial and residential center for the citizens of Seoul. Situated at the south-east edge of the Yongsan master plan designed by Studio Liebeskind for the Korean development group Dreamhub, BIG’s Cross # Towers will contribute to the developing skyline of Seoul and become a recognizable marker of the new cultural and commercial center of the city.

Seoul Architecture

Major Architecture Projects, alphabetical:

Ann Demeulemeester store

Minsuk Cho + Kisu Park with Ann Demeulemeester
Seoul store
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Seoul store

DMC B6/2 office building, Digital Media City
Barkow Leibinger

Dulnyouk Publishers, Paju Book City, nr Seoul
Foreign Office Architects
South Korean Architecture : RIBA International Awards 2006

Galleria Hall West
UNStudio Architects
Seoul building
Seoul building, South Korea, UNStudio 2007

Seoul building

Gallery Yeh
Unsangdong Architects Cooperation – Yoon Gyoo & Hoon Shin Chang

Gwanggyo City Centre Competition, nr Seoul
MVRDV wins
Gwanggyo Competition
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Gwanggyo Competition

Hangil Book House, Seoul

ShoP Architects

Hyundai Development Corporation HQ – Facade
Daniel Libeskind Architect

The LG Kangnam Building
Skidmore Owings Merrill LLP
LG Kangnam Building
photo : SOM

LG Kangnam Building : Development at LG Group corporate headquarters

Lotte Super tower, Seoul

Metro Hotel, Seoul

H & A Architects

Samsung Jong-Ro Building, Seoul
Rafael Vinoly Architects

Samsung Building


Seocho R & D Center, LG Electronics, Seoul

RMJM Architects
LG Electronics Seoul
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LG Electronics Seoul

Sun Tower, Seoul
Morphosis Architecture

Universite Feminine d’Ewha, Seoul
Dominique Perrault
Seoul architecture
image from Dominique Perrault

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More projects online soon

Paju Book City Masterplan, nr Seoul
Florian Beigel + Architecture Research Unit (London Metropolitan University)
Buildings by UN Studio + Foreign Office Architects
Business park for the publishing industry

Performing arts centre, Seoul

Architecture competition: 1st prize
Andrés Perea Ortega

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South Korea Masterplan Competition, Seoul
Studio Daniel Libeskind
South Korea Masterplan Competition
image © Studio AMD

South Korea Masterplan Competition

Element House
Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Element House
photo : Park Wan Soon

Element House

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