The Korean Konnection

I was exposed to Korean architecture through Cho Minsuk, in 2006 when he came over to NUS for a lecture. Thereafter, again at the Datum:KL conference (see our previous report here and here), I became aware of a sensibility which has a distinct language, coupled with a sensitive reading of site and deconstruction of the urban.

Then in a dialogue and learning process with Korean exchange students, together with the Channel U’s DesignAsia TV Program, I unearthed more about a design sensibility that to me, seemed Dutch in process, a little Swiss in lines and materiality if these stereotypical categories hold true.

Here I shall share a few notable Korean architects/ateliers and their works. 🙂

KIM YOUNG JOON, yo2 Architects Ltd.

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Kim Young Joon

YANG SUNG GOO 양성구

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Even as a student, he has received many awards and accolades in the architectural circles and magazines. Now working in H&dM, his designs are strong conceptually, visually and pushing the boundaries of architecture.

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SEUNG H-SANG 승효상 & IROJE

A trademark of Iroje’s works is the extensive use of Corten steel, that seems to have become a certain recognisable aesthetic/material of Korean architecture. This Corten fetish appears to work exceedingly well in the temperate Asian zone.

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qmark.jpg is suddenly hungry for bibimbap in a stone pot! 돌솥 비빔밥

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