Hankok: Reconfiguring traditional architecture in Seoul

(From Koreaexpose.com)

By Daniel Tandler

Recent years have seen a boom in renovation and construction of traditional architecture in Korea. Relatively unknown abroad, the traditional Korean house — called hanok — has become widely popular within the country, and the government is now actively trying to promote its century-old building culture, as seen in central Seoul’s trendy Bukchon neighborhood. In the midst of the hanokboom, my colleagues and I at the architecture firm Urban Detail – Seoul have remodeled a hanok in Seoul’s Myeongnyun-dong area as a joint office for thehanok construction cooperative Chamooree and our own firm. In doing so we hope to contribute to a healthy architecture culture in Korea, embracing both modern and traditional elements. Read more

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