[LECTURE] 2016 May 'Walking lecture'작성일   2016-04-25

Architectural tour in Seochon- Rainbow Cake Architecture

Lecturer: Doojin Hwang

Director, Doojin Hwang Architects 




In the previous lecture on April 4, Doojindiscussed how he came to develop his ideas for the new book, which was immediately greeted with numerous book reviews and interviews by major news media in Korea. The current residential architecture in Korea is torn between two extremes; high-rise apartments (the majority of which are actually condominiums) on one had and suburban type, low-density single family houses on the other. The concept of mixed use buildings is still under-developed, if not entirely non-existent. He proposed, as an alternative, a new architectural idea for the future of Korean cities: a mid-rise, high density, mixed-use typology, which he dubbed ‘rainbow cake architecture’, obviously inspired by Korean traditional rice cake with layers of different colours.


He will give a tour of Seochon area on May 2nd, which he thinks is a birthplace of many of the ideas for the book and where he personally lives and works in his own ‘rainbow cake architecture’, the Magnolia Court.


The tour related to the previous lectuewill offer unique opportunities in first-hand encounter with one of Korea’s most prolific architects.




Doojin Hwang’s career as an architect is rooted in the historic centre of Seoul, the ‘Belly of Alleys’, as he calls it. He and his firm, Doojin Hwang Architects, have completed more than 100 projects with a wide range of sizes and programs since 2000, including a number of Hanoks, either renovated or newly built.


Despite his popular fame as an architect with keen interests in tradition and history, Doojin has always been a quintessential urbanite and has been involved in dealing with urban issues both in his design works and writing. The year 2015 saw him publishing his fourth book, titled ‘Rainbow Cake Architecture’, breaking his 8-year hiatus as a writer since his previous book, ‘Hanok Is Back’.









Meeting information


Doojin Hwang Architects


Magnolia Court,19 Hyoja-ro 7-gil, Seoul


9:50 A.M. on May 2, 2016 (Mon)


(The tour starts at 10:00 A.M. till 12:30 P.M)










Contact (Registration required)




T: 02-745-5878


F: 02-736-5878