The Correlativity of Building Form and Urban Space: Swoo-Geun Kim’s Daehangno Projects in Seoul





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Swoo-Geun Kim’s building projects in the Daehangno area of Seoul provide a remarkable example of how architects can respond to high-density environments. They also illustrate both the theoretical and the practical dimensions of the concept of correlativity, still having the potential to show us a way forward. Inspired by the urban equivalent of a traditional village structure, Kim sublimated into modern building types the fluid indeterminate spaces created by its alleyways and courtyard. This legacy is what has enabled these buildings to survive handsomely for some thirty years amid the omnipresent threat of high-density development in Seoul.

How to Cite

Jung, I. (2014). The Correlativity of Building Form and Urban Space: Swoo-Geun Kim’s Daehangno Projects in Seoul. Docomomo Journal, (50), 20–27.






Author Biography

Inha Jung, Hanyang University

(b. 1964, Daegu, South Korea). MSc in Architecture, Seoul National University, South Korea; PhD in the Pantheon-Sorbonne University (1992), Paris, France. Critic, historian and professor of architecture at the Hanyang University, ERICA Campus, Seoul, South Korea. He is the author of various books including Point – Counterpoint (Copenhagen, Architectural Publisher B, 2014); Architecture and Urbanism in Modern Korea (Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 2013); Exploring Tectonic Space (Tübingen, Wasmuth, 2008) and Contemporary Architecture and Non-representation (Seoul, Acanet, 2006).


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