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7 Jan 2019
Root Bench, Yongsan-gu
Architects: Yong Ju Lee Architecture
Root Bench Seoul
photograph : Kyungsub Shin

Root Bench Seoul
A reinterpretation of winning proposal in the Hangang Art Competition, a 30m diameter circle-shaped publicly-accessible furniture installed on grass in a park.

18 Jun 2018
Amorepacific Head Office, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Design: David Chipperfield Architects
Amorepacific Headquarters Seoul Building
photograph © Noshe

Amorepacific Headquarters in Seoul
This new rectilinear building is located between the site of a spacious public park currently under development, and a business district of high-rise towers.

18 Apr 2018
Dream of Chungmuro Cinematheque
Design: Mass Studies
Dream of Chungmuro Cinematheque in Seoul
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Dream of Chungmuro Cinematheque in Seoul
The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced the release of a design sketch of the Seoul Cinematheque (tentative name), a visual art cultural complex to be built in Chungmuro, which is the center of the domestic film industry.

31 Mar 2018
Cloud Garden of General Yisabu, General of the Silla
Design: CAA Architects
Cloud Garden of General Yisabu, Gangwon-do
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Cloud Garden of General Yisabu, Gangwon-do
Inspired by Taoist concept of ‘Yi,’ The project is illustrated as a metaphorical ‘cloud,’ which surrounds the mystical mount Yukyang in Samcheok city. The Architecture is stimulated by the cloud forms depicted in east Asian ancient fine art and is manifested as a series of bridges and buildings that embrace a sacred mountain within.

30 Mar 2018
Youth Center and Sport Facility Building in Seoul
Architects: KILD – Ksnelashvili . Išora . Lozuraitytė . Daunys
Youth Center and Sport Facility in Seoul
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Youth Center and Sport Facility Building
The site is located on the edge of newly built high-rise residential blocks and the small scale city fabric.

27 Mar 2018
Jamsil Sports Hub in Seoul
Architects: Studio Niko Kapa
Jamsil Sports Hub Seoul Building
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Jamsil Sports Hub in Seoul Building
The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is planning to redevelop the Jamsil Sports Complex in Seoul, South Korea. The project involves the redevelopment of Jamsil Sports Complex on 400,000sm of land.

Mar 21, 2018
Shinsegae Tower, Seoul, South Korea
Design: Olson Kundig Architects
Shinsegae Tower
photo © Kyungsub Shin

Shinsegae Tower Building
Shinsegae International, designed by Principal and Owner Tom Kundig, has won the inaugural WAN Tall Buildings Award 2017.

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20 Dec 2017
Seoul Creative Play Supporting Facility
Architects: KILD – Ksnelashvili . Išora . Lozuraitytė . Daunys
Seoul Creative Play Supporting Facility
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Seoul Creative Play Supporting Facility
The key aim of the proposal is to balance the high-density development and the existing public park. ‘Park Canopy’ enhances the green space with its natural potential and reaches new human-scale intervention in the park.

16 Dec 2017
Givenchy Flagship Store in Seoul, Cheongdam ward, Gangnamgu shopping and fashion district,
Design: Piuarch
Givenchy Flagship Store Seoul
photo © Kyungsub Shin

Givenchy Flagship Store Seoul, Cheongdam Retail
A building covered by a skin of dark coloured sheets of steel that changes with the light and rests on a glazed base revealing minimalist-style interiors: the new Givenchy Flagship Store in Seoul is a dynamic structure generating varying optical effects.

12 Sep 2017
17 High-Rise Buildings for Seoul
Design: AllesWirdGut
Woosung Residential Complex Seoul high-rise buildings
illustrations: expressiv / AllesWirdGut

Woosung Residential Complex, Seoul
For an invited architectural competition, AllesWirdGut developed a design for a 3,000-unit residential quarter in the South-Korean capital city of Seoul. The proposal for the 120,000 m² area situated in a privileged waterside location is for a development of 17 high-rise buildings on amorphously shaped plinths, which combines high densification and urbanity with a strong identity-generating character and maximum amenity quality.

25 Jul 2017
Namdaemun Office Tower
Design: Mecanoo
Namdaemun Office Building in Seoul by Mecanoo |
image courtesy of architects

Namdaemun Office Building in Seoul
With its stark linear facade patterns, the Namdaemun Office Building in Seoul stands out from the vibrant market district that surround it. The office tower is Mecanoo’s first completed project in South Korea’s capital.

25 Jun 2017 – page updated with new images ; 17 May 2012
Yongsan Business District Tower
Design: REX
Yongsan Tower, Seoul Skyscraper Building by REX |
image : Luxigon

Yongsan Tower, Seoul Skyscraper Building
Block R6 is a narrow parcel bounded by the planned Mountain Park—including Children’s Interactive Spray Park, Rail Road Museum, Outdoor Amphitheater, and Yongsan Station Esplanade—and the central park of the planned development Zone B3, adjacent to Hangang-ro. By placing the building to the south of Block R6, all units command great views and the building forms a gateway to YIBD from Hangang-ro.

25 Jun 2017 – page updated with new images ; 10 May 2012
Designs Dancing Dragons Complex
Design: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Dancing Dragons Seoul, Yongsan Towers |
image © AS+GG

Dancing Dragons Seoul, Yongsan Towers: Skyscrapers
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.

23 Jun 2017
Yangjaegogae Eco Bridge Design Competition in Seoul by KILD
Architects: KILD – Ksnelashvili . Išora . Lozuraitytė . Daunys
Eco Bridge Design Competition in Seoul
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Eco Bridge Design Competition in Seoul
The Eco Bridge proposal is based on a simple and pure concept: to recreate the link that once existed in the current situation of the infrastructural void with a spatial structure that would be atmospherically reminiscent to a pictorial passage through the southern slopes of the two discontinued mountain peaks of Mt. Umyeon and Maljukgeori Parks.

8 Jun 2017
LG Science Park
Architects: HOK with Gansam Architects
LG Science Park
image courtesy of architects

LG Science Park Seoul Building
LG Science Park, the HOK-designed 11.8 million-sq.-ft. research and science campus for global consumer and electronics brand LG Group, is now three quarters of the way to completion. The next-generation campus will accommodate LG researchers from disciplines including electronics, chemistry, nanotechnology, display, fabrication, life sciences and new materials.

Mar 16, 2017
Shinsegae Tower, Seoul, South Korea
Design: Olson Kundig Architects
Shinsegae Tower
photograph fro architects

Shinsegae Office Tower Building

Seoul Architecture – selection of some older building news:

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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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

Element House

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