An Exemplary “Model House” In Seoul, Korea

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Xi Gallery by Ken Min Architects, Seoul, Korea

The transitory nature of temporary buildings doesn’t always diminish the attention the architects give to the project’s design. The Xi Gallery by Ken Min Architects is an example of a specific type of building in Korea known as a “Model House.” Real estate developers use the structures to display the amenities of their building projects to potential buyers.

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Xi Gallery by Ken Min Architects, Seoul, Korea

Economically constructed out of reusable steel and modular panels, the buildings are typically torn down in three to five years. Ken Min Architects and their client used the opportunity to center the project on a public garden accessible to the surrounding neighborhood, addressing the area’s need for available green space. The building also incorporated an auditorium and educational rooms for programs open to the public.

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Xi Gallery by Ken Min Architects, Seoul, Korea

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More Than Just A Brick In The Wall

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House on Mount Anville by Aughey O’Flaherty Architects, Dublin

Building with brick is similar to walking. Placing one foot in front of the other eventually leads somewhere, just as putting one brick on top of the other ultimately leads to a built structure.

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Beyond the Screen by Office for Beyond Boundaries Architecture, Seoul, Korea

Architects and builders have used brick as a building material for thousands of years. The modular simplicity and relative cost effectiveness are still appealing in contemporary architecture. Curved walls and sun shades, or brise soleil, are made possible with clever applications.

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Lorong M Telok Kurau House by A D LAB Pte Ltd, Singapore

Beautiful Factories That Combine Architecture And Engineering

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FRABA Sp. z o.o. by BeL, Slubice, Poland

The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, and the resulting technological innovations, changed architecture forever by producing materials that made construction more efficient, sturdier, and more adaptable. We also saw a change in the construction of the factory itself; pressures for productivity led administration to adhere to “scientific management” practices, placing an emphasis on work flow and environments.

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KOP Warehouses by URA, Puurs, Belgium

This new philosophy on workspace led to the disappearance of cramped, dimly lit interiors and prompted a focus on standardization. Modern factories ushered in open floor plans and a combination of steel, concrete, and glass to allow natural light onto the work floor. These changes in industrial architecture had an effect on residential architecture as well: modernist architects such as Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, and Buckminster Fuller were influenced by this new factory typology, and the idea of a home as a “machine for living” became an important concept.

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VW AutoTürme by HENN, Wolfsburg, Germany

Buildings Of The Social Housing Paradigm

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Housing for the Fishermen of Tyre by Hashim Sarkis Studios, Abbasiyeh, Lebanon

Publicly subsidized housing provides shelter for some of the most vulnerable members of society, giving them a chance at security. Overarching problems such as inequality and poverty aren’t directly addressed, but having suitable, comfortable living spaces adds “bandwidth” to people’s cognitive abilities, allowing them energy to pursue night classes or pay bills on time.

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Les Arcades du Lac by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

Social housing also plays a large role in the general population’s imagination. The narrative of Jay Z—growing up in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn and rising to the level of celebrity, CEO, and part owner/cheerleader of the Barclay Center—is the 21st century’s answer to Horatio Alger. His “escape” from public housing is the triumph of the story, the buildings of Marcy a physical representation of what was holding him back from reaching his full potential.

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Alegria by Agence Bernard Buhler, Bayonne, France

Architectural Spaces For Jumpstarting Joy And Child’s Play

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Outdoors Indoors by BE-FUN Design, Shinagawa, Japan

Having the freedom and space for play is an important element of childhood development. During play, children explore and learn about themselves and their world and the first inklings of autonomy are reinforced. Considering that even simple objects such as an empty cardboard box can yield endless possibilities and hours of fun, imagine what can happen when architects design secure, stimulating spaces specifically for children.

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Eva’s Bed by h2o architectes, Paris, France

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Tepoztlán Lounge by Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Tepoztlán, Mexico

The Rustic Refinement Of Renovated Barns

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La Concha by MOOARC, Guernsey

The advent of agriculture heralded the development of an architecture devoted to the activities of farming; structures to safely store animals, tools, and crops were needed for seasonal cultivation to be successful. These constructions are what became know as barns, and for thousands of years, their typology has stayed essentially the same.

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Redevelopment of a Barn in SoglioRuinelli Associati Architetti, Soglio, Switzerland

In America, barns were brought over by many European settlers, including English, Dutch, and German, but the architecture of each group varied only slightly. In the early days of agriculture, the factor with the largest influence over barn style and structure was actually the surrounding geography and climate.

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Villa Nannestad by Askim/Lantto Arkitekter AS, Oslo, Norway

The Surprising Architectural Qualities Of Zinc

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Hunter House by Darren Carnell Architects, Australia

Zinc has a long history of use in interior spaces; restaurants and bars of 19th century often used it in their countertops. The naturally antimicrobial, mildew- and mold-resistant properties of the metal made it ideal for kitchens, aiding the eating of oysters and the quaffing of absinthe.

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Lakeside House by Resolution: 4 Architecture, Kent, New York

But zinc has also proved extremely beneficial for use as cladding for contemporary architecture.

One form this use can take is through galvanization, a process that coats other metals such as aluminum, steel, or iron with an external layer of zinc. The element easily forms bonds with oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water molecules creating a chemical compound, zinc carbonate. This compound gives the metal its dull grey color and forms an extremely tough, resistant outer layer, which layer protects metals underneath it from corrosion. It can be used for applications from exterior cladding to hardware such as nails and screws.

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Capel Manor House Guest Pavilion by Ewan Cameron Architects, Horsmonden

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The Shed by Richard Peters Associates, Sydney, Australia