In 2017, after 87 years of providing electricity to Seoul, the Danginlee Power Plant on the banks of the Han River will shutter. In a bid to modernize and urbanize this piece of waterfront property, the thermal power plant will be rebuilt underground and the space it once occupied will become a revitalized venue for parks and the arts.
A giant white cube in central Seoul is gradually taking shape, marking the future home of the new headquarters for the Korean cosmetics company Amorepacific. Bordered by Hangangro Avenue, one of Seoul's primary corridors, the David Chipperfield-designed building creates a unique identity in an area of the city fashioned by a diversity of architectural styles. The boxy structure is arranged around a central courtyard that amplifies the building's ability to soak in natural light and ventilation.
Originally completed in 1998, the Hanwha Headquarters tower in downtown Seoul was initially built as a relatively non-descript office block at the centre of a cluster of office towers that line the heavily urbanized Cheonggyecheon Stream running through the city centre. At 21 storeys tall and currently clad in a mixture of grey-brown panelling and dark-blue-tinted windows, the tower has long been in need of a facelift. The tower and related public realm elements are set to be completely revamped by UNStudio as part of an ambitious remodelling project to be completed by 2018.