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Out of the Ordinary: Award-Winning Works by Young Korean Architects

Chae Pereira Architects: Ucchin Museum (c)Wansoon Park

(c)Wansoon Park

Chae Pereira Architects: Ucchin Museum
D€LIM Architects: CJ Nine Bridges (c)Joonhwan Yoon

(c)Joonhwan Yoon

D€LIM Architects: CJ Nine Bridges
Joho Architects: Endless Triangles (c)Sun Namgoong (c)Sun Namgoong

(c)Sun Namgoong

Joho Architects: Endless Triangles (c)Sun Namgoong
OUJAE Architects: Management Office Annex (c)Jaeyun Jaeyun Kim

(c)Jaeyun Jaeyun Kim

OUJAE Architects: Management Office Annex

5 February 2015
by Harriet Seabourne

The Cass, London Metropolitan University announces ‘Out of the Ordinary: Award-Winning Works by Young Korean Architects’, a major architecture exhibition, taking place from 6 to 28 February at The Cass Bank Gallery in Aldgate East.

The work of nine winners of the Korean Young Architect Awards, one of Korea’s most coveted awards, will be on display, for the first time in London.

Curated by Hyungmin Pai, Golden-Lion winner at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, and a former visiting scholar at The Cass, the show explores the recent radical changes to Korea’s built environment, and looks at how young practices adapt to new challenges with unconventional solutions.

Projects by Chae Pereira Architects, Joho Architecture, JYA-RCHITECTS, Wise Architecture, UTAA Company, D·Lim architects, Lokaldesign, IAEO Architekten, and Oujae Architects have all been chosen for their careful and innovative approach, concerned with sustainable, mindful architecture. Ranging from small urban interventions to major master plans, the projects selected for ‘Out of the Ordinary’ delve deep in to topical issues of Korean architecture today.

Material experimentation with both high-tech and traditional, local production; the emergence of new kinds of client groups and projects, combining both private and institutional commissions; architectural invention within extreme limitations of resources – are all key themes explored in the exhibition at The Cass, designed in collaboration with London-based Gatti Rhodes Architects.

Alongside this body of work, a selection of specially commissioned artworks by renowned photographers Kyungsub Shin and Thierry Sauvage further captures the wider physical and social context, giving an overview on Korea’s remarkable architectural environment.

This is Hyungmin Pai’s first international exhibition after his winning pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014. He says:

The global financial crisis has had a deep impact on Korean architecture; the conditions of architectural practices have changed fundamentally and radically. ‘Out of the Ordinary’ analyses the new ecology of Korean architecture, and the strategies and methods of nine innovative young architectural practices. Though opportunities for conventional, commercial, public, and institutional projects are no longer ample, new kinds of clients and projects have come on the scene. We want to explore and celebrate the new creativity emerging from projects that are socially relevant, but extremely constrained in budget and space. Working without precedents, these young practices are changing the very nature of contemporary Korean architecture.

Out of the Ordinary: Award Winning Works by Young Korean Architects runs at the Cass Bank gallery, from 6 February to 28 February 2015.


Where: The Cass Bank Gallery, Central House

When: 6th February – 28 February 2015

Opening: Hours Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 11-5

Nearest Station: Aldgate East

How much: Free

Get involved: @TheCassArt #casskorea


Private View: OUT OF THE ORDINARY: Award Winning Works by Young Korean Architects

5th February: 6pm to 9pm.

For tickets, please register here in advance


Korean Mini-Festival: Afternoon of Workshops and Panel Discussion programmed by the British Council as part of OUT OF THE ORDINARY exhibition.

7th February: 12pm-4pm

For more information and details on how to book, please visit here.