Author Archives: alleyrun

About alleyrun

I am an architect and writer. I live and work in Seoul's belly of alleys.

Seoulutions for Dutch Cities, by Bart Reuser of NEXT Architects

Dutch architect Bart Reuser of Next Architects spent a year or so in Korea. Now back home in Holland, he is putting together ‘Seoulutions for Dutch Cities’, a book based on his urban and architectural research on Hongdae. Recently I … Continue reading

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The Korean Gallery at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden

Architect Doojin Hwang+DJHA designed the Korean Gallery at the Museum of far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden. With the working theme ‘Uniquely Intimate’, the design responded to both Korean and Swedish cultural traditions. The general layout of the Korean Gallery was inspired … Continue reading

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The West Village

In early 2011, DJHA finished The West Village, a small building located in the West Village near the Gyeongbok Palace. A typical ‘rainbow cake’ building, a name coined by DJHA for a low-rise, high-density, mixed-use building type, this 3-story building … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts on Sustainable Architecture

Episode A while ago, my office, Doojin Hwang Architects, designed a club house for a public tennis club in Seoul. The client originally asked us to design a very simple and basic building, but after a number of presentations, we … Continue reading

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An interesting suggestion for koreanarchitecture.com

A friend of mine who is a lawyer told me yesterday that he had an idea for this website.  The site could be much more inviting by making it more like an open platform for everyone, getting rid of the … Continue reading

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Can We Save This Building?: Architect Kim, Joong Up’s Seo Gynecological Clinic

I saw Kim, Joong Up only once, at an art exhibition of his wife, a painter. Tall, round-faced and impeccably dressed in a suit, this pioneer of the Korean modern architecture was holding a book and occasionally snapped a few words … Continue reading

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