SKNYPL designs inflatable rooftop garden for busy Seoul street

New Korean Garden is an “Instagrammable” meeting and events space proposed for a rooftop in Seoul, South Korea, which is made from turquoise, pebble-like inflatables. Designed by Moscow studio SKNYPL, it is envisaged as a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Korean garden, within which simplicity and nature are typically key, and rock arrangements are considered […]

Treehouse is a sloping block of co-living apartments with a tree-filled atrium

Architecture studio Bo-Daa has designed Treehouse, a co-living complex in Seoul that is a stack of micro-apartments surrounding a planted atrium in a triangular concrete block. The project, which has been longlisted for a 2019 Dezeen Award, includes 76 small studios and lofts, which all have access to the shared common areas and internal garden […]

Schemata Architects stacks up red bricks inside South Korea’s first Blue Bottle Coffee cafe

The materiality of Seoul’s architecture informed the interiors of this Blue Bottle Coffee cafe, which Schemata Architects has completed with steel surfaces and red-brick fixtures. The sparsely-decorated cafe is situated in Seoul’s artsy Seongsu neighbourhood, surrounded by craft coffee bars and organic eateries that occupy disused warehouses. This is the first Blue Bottle Coffee cafe […]

Augmented Reality Architects wraps house with courtyards to create private home

Seoul-based practice Augmented Reality Architects has surrounded W House with a a slim border of courtyard spaces that create a green buffer between the home and the city. Augmented Reality Architects designed the house in Seoul, South Korea, so that it gives the owners an extremely high level of privacy. “The family’s request was very specific: […]

Aesop store in south Seoul is a cosy red-brick retreat

Mlkk Studio used reclaimed red bricks to fashion the snug interiors of this Aesop store, which lies behind the intimidating dark-grey facade of a building in Seoul. The two-floor Aesop store – which is longlisted in the 2019 Dezeen Awards –is situated south of central Seoul inside a mixed-used development named Sounds Hannam, which is […]

Nine South Korean houses that stand out in their crowded neighbourhoods

Tall, skinny houses designed to fit on small, restrictive plots, can be found all over south-east Asia. Here are nine of the best examples from the densely populated neighbourhoods of Seoul and Busan – South Korea‘s two largest cities. Five-storey House, Seoul, by STPMJ Five-storey House by STPMJ is topped with a seamlessly swooping roof terrace, giving […]

Colliding gabled structures form Hannae Forest of Wisdom community centre

Unsangdong Architects has designed the Hannae Forest of Wisdom community centre in Seoul with a row of intersecting gabled forms enclosed by glass end walls. Seoul studio Unsangdong Architects developed the centre in the Hannae neighbourhood as a cultural space for the community that repurposes an abandoned plot near the entrance to a public park. To find a way to […]

Fict Studio uses marble offcuts to create Fragments furniture collection

Shards of discarded marble are combined with resin to form this angular furniture collection by South Korean office Fict Studio. Called Fragment, the collection includes a stool, chair, side table and tray, and aims to address the problem of industrial marble waste. The furniture items feature rectangular volumes of grey marble and orange-brown resin that […]

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