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Kring-Gumho Culture Complex in Seoul Looks Like a Ghetto-Blaster

By: Going Like Sixty - Published: Feb 26, 2009   Updated: May 16 2011 • References: designboom
Looming over the city like the classic ghetto-blaster is the Kring-Gumho Culture Complex in Seoul. Soul, hee. Get it? Seoul, soul. Yeah, well, Unsangdong Architects (I did not make that up) designed this steel building that features circular indented forms. A cylinder walkway connects the levels. People who attend cultural events will have to “scratch” their way to the top.

Implications - In addition to highly stylized designs, architects are looking for quirky designs that are appealing and unique. Inspirations drawn from boom boxes and other hip objects often make a structure more people-friendly, eliminating any perceived pretenses. Architects should continue to take on playful designs as a way of making their work more welcoming to people who occupy the space.