Archinect - News 2017-08-20T09:54:57-04:00 Korea's High Line, the MVRDV-designed Skygarden, opens in Seoul Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-23T14:38:00-04:00 >2017-05-25T22:47:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever since the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> appeared above the streets of Chelsea in New York, cities across the globe have been working on creating their own variations of the civic project. In London, this iteration was to be the Thomas Heatherwick designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a>. However, the project was marred by controversy due to suspicious funding and motives and was finally <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nixed by the Mayor</a> back in April. Well, as <em>the Guardian</em>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">points out</a>,&nbsp;&nbsp;London could've stood to take a few pointers from the South Korean capital of Seoul, whose <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> designed Skygarden opened over the weekend to much excitement.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The firm won the bidding process back in May 2015 and have since been working to transform an existing overpass in the heart of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul</a> into a 983-meter long public garden, overlaying a matrix of Korean flora onto the 16m elevated steel and concrete structure. The Rotterdam-based architecture and urban design practice has gathered 50 families of plants, collecting around 228 species and sub-species and arrange...</p> Seoul's Lotte World Tower now the 5th tallest tower in the world Nicholas Korody 2017-04-05T12:23:00-04:00 >2017-04-07T02:53:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="615" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Located in Seoul, the Lotte World Tower, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, has become the world&rsquo;s fifth tallest tower, in the process knocking 1WTC&mdash;the tallest U.S. American building&mdash;out of the top five. At 555 meters tall, the Lotte World Tower has also surpassed Kuala Lumpur&rsquo;s Petronas Twin Towers, which not long ago was among the tallest towers in the world. The Tower is nearly double the height of the now second-largest tower in Seoul, Three International Financial Center.</p><p>The Lotte World Tower houses retail spaces, offices, a luxury hotel, and an officitel&mdash;or studio-apartment style accommodations meant for the people who work in the building and which feature a slew of amenities. At the base of the building, the ten-story Lotte World Mall has already been open since 2014, and is a popular destination in the city, drawing 28.2 million people in its first year. That&rsquo;s the equivalent of one out of every two South Koreans. The two building components are connected via interior pathways...</p> Korea's tallest tower poised to rival Dubai’s Burj Khalifa as iconic tourist attraction Alexander Walter 2015-11-09T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-11-10T19:57:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>LDF aims to grow the Lotte Duty Free Shop World Tower into the world&rsquo;s No.1 duty-free shopping destination. [...] Lotte is poised to turn the Lotte World Tower into a tourist attraction that can compare well with Dubai&rsquo;s Burj Khalifa and Singapore&rsquo;s Marina Bay Sands On top of that, the company plans to make the Lotte World Tower the largest tourism hub in Gangnam by equipping it with the world's highest observatory (located on the 123rd floor (555 meters high) [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect News:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul's Lotte World Tower complex passes safety inspections, allowed to reopen</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction in Seoul&rsquo;s supertall Lotte World Tower surpasses 100th story &ndash; amid safety concerns</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mysterious Sinkholes Appear Near Construction Site of Supertall Skyscraper in Seoul</a></li></ul> Seoul's Lotte World Tower complex passes safety inspections, allowed to reopen Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T15:21:00-04:00 >2015-06-02T08:32:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lotte World Mall has finally received approval by the Seoul city government to open up its aquarium and movie theater, five months after the facilities were shut down due to safety concerns. [...] Lotte World Mall has been embroiled in several safety issues since it opened its doors in October. Several construction workers fell to their deaths during the construction of the annexed skyscraper [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction in Seoul&rsquo;s supertall Lotte World Tower surpasses 100th story &ndash; amid safety concerns</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mysterious Sinkholes Appear Near Construction Site of Supertall Skyscraper in Seoul</a></li></ul> Construction in Seoul’s supertall Lotte World Tower surpasses 100th story – amid safety concerns Alexander Walter 2015-03-31T18:30:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T18:35:31-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the completion of the 100th floor, Lotte Group invited a group of reporters on Thursday to take a peek at the Lotte World Tower, still under-construction, in Jamsil, southern Seoul. The building is currently the tallest building in Korea. [...] While the view is awe-inspiring, the fate of the Lotte World Tower hangs in balance, especially after the 2014 Sewol disaster which resulted in more than 300 people dead.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mysterious Sinkholes Appear Near Construction Site of Supertall Skyscraper in Seoul</a></p> Seoul’s official architect Seung H-Sang on his capital vision Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-08T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T21:41:27-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The first thing is to find the identity of Seoul,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Seoul was created very differently from western cities, with special theories of feng shui and Confucianism, and we kept that for 600 years. We didn&rsquo;t change anything &ndash; even under Japanese colonialism, that was kept. But since the 1960s, under American influence, it has changed very much.&rdquo; If Seung has his way, the days of skyscrapers springing up in central Seoul would come to an end.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mysterious Sinkholes Appear Near Construction Site of Supertall Skyscraper in Seoul Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T20:44:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T20:44:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="458" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the developers of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn't have come at a more inopportune time [...] With about 70 of its 123 floors completed, the Lotte World Tower is now undergoing a review by experts and has put on hold the opening of adjacent low-rise buildings that form part of its complex.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The mythologically inspired “Shinseon Play” wins the first Young Architects Program Seoul Justine Testado 2014-06-05T19:35:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:29:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jang Won Choi, Kyung Min Kwon, and Cheon Kang Park of collaborative team MOON JI BANG recently won the inaugural Young Architects Program Seoul in South Korea with their proposal, "Shinseon Play". The proposal draws inspiration from traditional Korean mythology with features like gently swaying "clouds", a trampoline, and a grassy meadow -- making it an ideal outdoor installation for the summer season.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> New Seoul landmark stirs debate: Architectural accomplishment or landing of ugly spaceship? Archinect 2014-03-25T13:04:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:24:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A curvy futuristic $450M building meant to remake Seoul into a global design capital opened to the S. Korean public Friday after years of debate about its impact on a historic city precinct. And not everyone is happy with the outcome. Designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza is a stark contrast to its neighbourhood, which is better known in Seoul for its links to a royal dynasty that ruled for half a millennium and as home to one of the city&rsquo;s oldest markets.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Seoul unveils $451 million 'spaceship' landmark Alexander Walter 2014-03-21T15:11:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T19:17:53-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In yet another display of the city's commitment to 24-hour culture, Seoul is unveiling its biggest nighttime attraction yet in the neon-studded, wildly trendy shopping district of Dongdaemun. Designed by Iraqi-British Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid, and completed at a cost of $451 million, the new Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) opens to the public March 21. [...]the first order of business for Seoul's newest landmark and multipurpose cultural center is to kick off 2014 F/W Seoul Fashion Week.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New Federation of Korean Industries HQ by Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture opens to the public Justine Testado 2014-01-23T17:24:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T19:12:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) announced today the public opening of the new Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) headquarters in Seoul. AS+GG collaborated with engineering firms Thornton Tomasetti and Environmental Systems Design, and locally based firm Chang-Jo Architects on the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find more project details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Mapo Oil Reserve Base competition - First place entry by Sunggi Park and Hyemin Jang Justine Testado 2013-10-03T15:22:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:23:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Public Development Center of the Seoul Metropolitan Government recently announced the winners for "The first step to changing the Mapo Oil Reserve Base" international competition. The ideas competition challenged student and professional participants to repurpose the Mapo Oil Reserve Base in Sangam, Seoul, South Korea, which has been out of use for the past 10 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunggi Park</a>, a graduate student at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Hyemin Jang, an undergraduate architecture student at Cornell University, won the first prize of $10,000 for their project "Resonance of Light."</p> H-House by Sae Min Oh / bang by min emerging design group Alexander Walter 2013-01-08T15:43:00-05:00 >2013-01-20T09:05:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>South Korean architect Sae Min Oh of Gangnam-based bang by min emerging design group has sent us photographs of H-House, his award-winning residential building in Seoul's Seongbuk-dong neighborhood. The project was awarded the 30th Seoul Architecture Prize as well as the Korea Interior Design Best Awards in 2012.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Jerde's Mecenatpolis opens in Seoul Archinect 2012-10-10T14:56:00-04:00 >2013-01-14T03:02:36-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Mecenatpolis, a nearly 300,000 square-meter mixed-use, transit-oriented project in the evolving Hapjeong neighborhood in downtown Seoul, is the latest Jerde Place to open in Asia.&nbsp; Jerde, a Los Angeles-based international architecture design and urban planning firm, is known for its innovative design that integrates local culture and organic public spaces to create popular destinations that attract millions of visitors annually.&nbsp; The firm&rsquo;s latest mixed-use district sits adjacent to the Hapjeong train station and provides a dynamic, cohesive gathering place for the resurging neighborhood&rsquo;s diverse community of business professionals, residents, university students, and tourists.&nbsp; Developed by GS Engineering &amp; Construction Corp, Sejin, the 295,615 square-meter Mecenatpolis features three high-rise luxury residential towers and one high-rise class-A office tower above the Jerde-designed open-air mixed-use public realm with retail, dining and vibrant communal spaces.&nbsp; The project&rsquo;s t...</p> Seoul Memorial Park by HAEAHN architecture Alexander Walter 2012-08-08T17:06:00-04:00 >2012-08-09T17:39:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seoul-based firm HAEAHN architecture has shared with us images of its recently completed crematorium project, Seoul Memorial Park. The structure, located in the hills outside of Seoul, South Korea, was HAEAHN architecture's winning competition entry in 2009 and finally completed in 2012.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Murphy/Jahn Designs Pentominium for Seoul’s Yongsan District Archinect 2012-05-23T17:32:00-04:00 >2012-05-31T13:30:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Seoul's new Yongsan International Business District continues to dominate the news:</p> <ul><li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REX unveils residential tower in Seoul's Yongsan International Business District</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AS+GG Designs Dancing Dragons Complex for Seoul&rsquo;s Yongsan District</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV designs The Cloud for Seoul&rsquo;s Yongsan Dreamhub</a></li> </ul><p> Now we just received images of Pentominium, the 320-meter-tall residential development designed by Chicago-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Murphy/Jahn Architects</a>.</p> <p> <strong>Project Description from the Architects:</strong></p> <p> The Yongsan International Business District will set a new standard for an integrated global city. Situated on a high-profile site in the western side of the district, plot R5 houses a signature topend residential building, 320m in height, which will attract the most exclusive clientele from both Korea as well as the rest of the world. These Pentominium units will provide unsurpassed urban living experiences, with spatial and privacy features normally associated with individual houses.</p> <p> In order to maximize w...</p> REX unveils residential tower in Seoul's Yongsan International Business District REXARCHITECTURE 2012-05-15T11:30:00-04:00 >2012-05-28T16:26:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>YONGSAN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DISTRICT &ldquo;PROJECT R6&rdquo;</strong><br> Seoul, Korea</p> <p> <strong>CLIENT</strong> Dreamhub Project Financing Vehicle Co., Ltd.<br><strong>PROGRAM </strong>47,800 m2 (514,500 sf) of luxury housing for short-term residents,&nbsp;27,000 m2 (290,600 sf) of retail, and 929 parking stalls<br><strong>AREA </strong>115,500 m2 (1,240,000 sf)<br><strong>CONSTRUCTION BUDGET</strong> Confidential<br><strong>STATUS</strong> Commenced 2011; completed Schematic Design 2012; completion&nbsp;expected 2016<br><strong>DESIGN ARCHITECT</strong> REX<br><strong>KEY PERSONNEL</strong> Tiago Barros, Adam Chizmar, Danny Duong, Luis Gil, Gabriel Jewell-Vitale, SeokHun Kim, Armen Menendian, Romea Mury&#324;, Roberto Otero,&nbsp;Se Yoon Park, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Lena Reeh Rasmussen, Yuan Tiauriman<br><strong>EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT</strong> Mooyoung<br><strong>CONSULTANTS</strong> Barker Mohandas, Buro Happold, Front, Level Acoustics,&nbsp;Magnusson Klemencic, Scape, Shen Milsom Wilke, Tillotson Design</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> YIBD &ldquo;Project R6&rdquo; is an urban boutique residence for short-term business people, young urban professionals, and foreign residents. Due to the transience of its target users and the short durations...</p> Record breaking lego tower in Seoul Archinect 2012-05-14T11:49:00-04:00 >2012-05-14T11:51:22-04:00 <img src="" width="634" height="854" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The world's tallest lego tower with more than 50,000 bricks stands in front of Seoul's Olympic Stadium. The lego tower measuring 31.9 meters took five days to build and broke the previous record set in France at 31.6 meters.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> AS+GG Designs Dancing Dragons Complex for Seoul’s Yongsan District Alexander Walter 2012-05-10T17:51:00-04:00 >2012-05-14T02:05:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chicago-based firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture just released 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, &ldquo;officetel&rdquo; and retail elements, consist of slender, sharply angled mini-towers cantilevered around a central core.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The AS+GG towers will find themselves in close proximity to MVRDV's highly controversial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Cloud towers</a>.</p> Yongsan Park Master Plan by West 8 & IROJE Alexander Walter 2012-05-08T21:35:00-04:00 >2012-05-09T01:43:13-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="590" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rotterdam-based landscape architects West 8, together with local practice IROJE architects &amp; partners, have recently won the international competition for the master plan of Yongsan Park, Korea. The park will be the first national park inside a South Korean city. More importantly, it will give ultra-dense Seoul some badly-needed green space and will be similar in size to New York&rsquo;s Central Park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MVRDV designs The Cloud for Seoul’s Yongsan Dreamhub Alexander Walter 2011-12-08T15:32:00-05:00 >2017-04-05T12:25:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>And here's another Dutch firm that just designed an unusual residential tower for a booming Asian metropolis: Yongsan Dreamhub corporation presented the MVRDV-designed residential development of the Yongsan Business district in Seoul, South Korea: two connected luxury residential high-rises. A 260 meter tall tower and a 300 meter tall tower are connected in the center by a pixelated cloud of additional program offering amenities and outside spaces with wide views.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> World’s First Solar-Powered Floating Island Opens in Seoul MikeChino 2011-05-31T18:16:28-04:00 >2011-05-31T18:49:15-04:00 <img src="" width="537" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The citizens living off the Han River in Seoul, South Korea inaugurated the world&rsquo;s largest floating island just last week. The stunning structure includes a 700 seat convention hall, restaurants and arcades &mdash; all powered by solar energy. When the development is completed, a trio of islands will be linked together by twenty-three weather-proof chains.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>