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12 Jun 2013
Gangnam Style – Chungha Building
Design: MVRDV
Chungha Building
photo : ShinkyoungSub
Gangnam Style Seoul
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 Even though the Chungha building was completed in the 1980s it was already outdated in a street dominated by flagship stores.

4 Dec 2012
New Swiss Embassy in Seoul, South Korea
Design: Kubota & Bachmann Architects
New Swiss Embassy Seoul Building
image : JIGEN
New Swiss Embassy in Seoul
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.

13 Oct 2012
IFC Seoul Mall, South Korea
Design: Benoy
Seoul Mall Building
image from architects
IFC Seoul Mall
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

5 Jul 2012
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
‘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.

13 Jun 2012
Velo Towers
Asymptote Architecture
Velo Towers Korea
image © Asymptote Architecture
Velo Towers Seoul
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.

13 Jun 2012
Kukje Gallery Seoul
Design: SO – IL
Kukje Gallery Building
photograph : Iwan Baan
Kukje Gallery Seoul
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.

1 Jun 2012
Diagonal Tower, Seoul
Design: SOM
Diagonal Tower Building
image © SOM/Crystal CG
Diagonal Tower
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.

30 May 2012
Dancing Towers, Yongsan Business District, Seoul
Studio Daniel Libeskind
Dancing Towers Buildings
image © Crystal
Dancing Towers Seoul
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”.

30 May 2012
Harmony Tower, Yongsan Business District, Seoul
Studio Daniel Libeskind
Harmony Tower Seoul Building
image © Crystal
Harmony Tower Seoul
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.

29 May 2012
Daeyang Gallery and House, Seoul
Design: Steven Holl Architects
Daeyang Gallery and House Seoul
photograph : Iwan Baan
Daeyang Gallery and House
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.”

17 May 2012
Yongsan Tower Building, Seoul
REX
Yongsan Tower Building
image : Luxigon
Yongsan Tower Building
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.

14 May 2012
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”.

10 May 2012
Dancing Dragons, Yongsan International Business District in Seoul
AS+GG
Dancing Dragons Seoul
image © AS+GG
Dancing Dragons Seoul
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.

3 May 2012
Cross Towers
BIG
Cross Towers Seoul
image : MIR
Cross Towers Seoul
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
image from architect
Seoul store

DMC B6/2 office building, Digital Media City
2007
Barkow Leibinger

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

Galleria Hall West
2004
UNStudio Architects
Seoul building
Seoul building, South Korea, UNStudio 2007
Seoul building

Gallery Yeh
2007
Unsangdong Architects Cooperation – Yoon Gyoo & Hoon Shin Chang

Gwanggyo City Centre Competition, nr Seoul
2008-
MVRDV wins
Gwanggyo Competition
image from architect
Gwanggyo Competition

Hangil Book House, Seoul

ShoP Architects

Hyundai Development Corporation HQ – Facade
2003-05
Daniel Libeskind Architect

The LG Kangnam Building
1997
Design: Skidmore Owings Merrill LLP
LG Kangnam Building
photo : SOM
LG Kangnam Building : Development at LG Group corporate headquarters

Lotte Super tower, Seoul
2007-
SOM

Metro Hotel, Seoul

H & A Architects

Samsung Jong-Ro Building, Seoul
1998
Design: Rafael Vinoly Architects

Samsung Building

HOK

Seocho R & D Center, LG Electronics, Seoul

RMJM Architects
LG Electronics Seoul
image from architect
LG Electronics Seoul

Sun Tower, Seoul
1997
Morphosis Architecture

Universite Feminine d’Ewha, Seoul
2007
Dominique Perrault
Seoul architecture
image from Dominique Perrault
South Korea building

More projects online soon

Paju Book City Masterplan, nr Seoul
2006-
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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Element House
Rintala Eggertsson Architects
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