Gijang Waveon 

Gijang-gun, Busan, Republic of Korea,2015- 2016

Gijang near to Busan, port city, the second largest city in Korea, is famous for beautiful scenery of seashore rendered by inspiringly eroded rock, wave of clean seawater and groups of pine trees at a height of about 30 feet. WAVEON, the unique cafe in the beach, is located in a hill overlooking the shore in Gijang. Our client wanted to get a 500m2-sized building just for cafe where we can look down the sandy and rocky shore wherever we are. In fact, depending on where and how we see the beach, the sea shows diverse views for us. Accordingly, the significant matter of this project is how we can grasp and deal with the relationship between natural scene and architecture.

2017 World Architecture Community 

24th cycle World Architecture Award (WA)


Hongcheon, Republic of Korea, 2014-2016

The Jeongja is a space which is unified with nature, liberating its users from the confines of the home. The program of the Jeongja is rest, play, and retreat with the nature. The cliff situated in front of this site has a variety of tress which creates an enormous screen representing seasonally altering moods. The dramatic leveling made by the cliff and trees inspires awe in us. This became the concept of ‘leveling’ that generates multi-leveled spaces, so that users may enjoy the surroundings at a variety of levels. Each multi-leveled unit conceives various retreat places, diverse leveled interior spaces, the skipped terraces, a private pool and spa and so on.

2016 KAA(Korean Architecture Award)

/ Grand Prize

2016 Korean Institute of Architects Award


Bundang-dong, Seongnam, Republic of Korea, 2013-2015


ROOFRUN HOUSE is an architecture using pitched roof structure. Let’s imagine this. Families take a walk around their pitched roof, peep into neighbouring roofs, and have a picnic on the roof.

The closest church

Unyang-dong, Gimpo, Republic of Korea, 2013-2015

The closest church is a sacred architecture located within commercially vibrant apartment housing area, pursuing public concern of community as well as religious values. Accordingly, on top of religious meaning of spatiality, openness toward community is a pivotal point of architectural design in this church project.

2015 KAA(Korean Architecture Award)

/ Award of Honor

Sincheon-ri House

Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea, 2012-2013

Sincheon-ri House is located in Gapyeong, South Korea, a popular suburban area for urban dwellers seeking a home in the countryside. The clients, a celebrity super-couple at the height of the Korean Wave, requested a serene shelter from their hectic routines in reality and on stage.

2016 World Architecture Community 

22nd cycle World Architecture Award (WA)


Seowon-gu, Cheongju, Republic of Korea, 2012-2013

F.S.One proposes a transformation of the program of the ‘neighborhood rental facility’, stripping down the gigantic concrete mass to yield solid piloti, podium and stairs. The open air hotel integrates high profit programs, shelter, shade, and stages diverse interactions. FS One was recognized with the Korean Architectural Prize of Excellence.

2016 American Architecture Prize

/ GOLD prize

2014 KAA(Korean Architecture Award)

/ Award of Honor

2013 Kim Soogeun Architecture Award Preview


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Guesthouse Rivendell

Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea, 2011-2012

Guesthouse Rivendell is a lavish pension located in the popular resort town of Gapyeong. By functioning as guesthouse and hotel, the project challenges the meaning of ‘exotic architecture’ in Korea. The internalized central court and lengthy passageways bring in ever changing atmospheric transformations. The project was awarded a rpize of excellence by Korea’s highest honor for architectural design in 2013.

2013 KAA(Korean Architecture Award)

/ Award of Honor

The Moken_Pension

Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, Republic of Korea, 2009-2011

Built on a steep slope, the pension MOKEN combines the convenience of a tent with a sense of rural luxury. Satisfying the needs for stratified hierarchy of tourist facilities, the resort has been applauded for its attempt to introduce city style architecture in an increasingly richer Korean countryside.

2012 KAA(Korean Architecture Award)

/ Prime Minister citation

2011 Korea Space Design Award

/ Special Award





Gyeongchun-line park

Nowon-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2009 (Competition)

Design proposal for former Gyeongchun-line park project. Set within a district with the highest population density in suburban Seoul (of at least 619,000 people per 35km), the proposal incorporates different modes of seeing.

Hangang Guardians A

Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2008-2009

One of Kwak's previous works pivotal in his nomination as a public architect of Seoul, Hangang Guardians was inspired by Korean floor mats, or dotjari, inciting scenes of play along the River Han of Seoul. The integrated concrete form functions as shelter, shade, and play house, and is set to be the location for the 2016 reality production  between China and Korea.

2010 Seoul City Architecture Award

/ Award of Honor

Hangang Guardians B

Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2008-2009

The second in the series of public park facilities incorporates the features of the rim of a hat; reflecting the delicate daily habits of those walking by the river Han. Here, Kwak incorporates concrete as a sustainable method to modulate thermal energy, countering the year round extreme climates. Located near the Nanji island, a massive regenerated landfill park, the project was recognized with a public architecture award of excellence by Seoul Metropolitan Government in 2010.

2010 Seoul City Architecture Award

/ Award of Honor

Sukmodo Resort

Ganghwa-gun,Incheon, Republic of Korea, 2008

Design proposal for luxury resort in Sukmo Island.





42nd Route House

Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea,2007-2008

Commissioned for the client’s elderly parents, 42nd Route House combines  sleek modern concrete design with traditional Korean features in heating and layout. Amidst the tasteless landscape, the double façade project twists into view transforming the motorway into a local tourist attraction.

2009 Kangwon-do Landscape Excellence

Award / Special Award

2008 KAA(Korean Architecture Award)

/ Prime Minister citation


Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2006-2007

Tethys towers over Korea’s most high end district at the heart of Gangnam. Standing amidst competing works of architecture, Tethys actively challenges the cramped urban dynamics, introducing a new façade onto the pavement, with a distinct separation the upper and lower mass topped with pent house.

2008 KAA(Korean Architecture Award)

/ Award of Honor





Dorothy Music

Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2003-2004

Dorothy Music was inspired by the theme of ‘city slicker’, a term that was purposed for the client’s life of integrating the surrounding urban culture, his workplace and living quarters in a single building. While illegal roof top housing has long plagued Korean housing regulations as tiny apartments for the city’s poor, Kwak inserted a 'ㄹ' shaped form to emulate the illegal style’s sense of coziness and privacy in a penthouse like form.


Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2003

Based on the architect’s insight into the discrepancy between rising real estate prices and quality of life within the cramped capital, the Fineart Building is a 6 floor office building topped with a sloping pent house. Its concrete and glass form, as well as piloti solution for the façade is consistent with Kwak’s unique style. Geometrical form overlaps with the pyramid like features containing a sense of integrated sturdiness in design.

삼랑진, 창원역사 현상공모

Samnangjin-eup, Miryang 2003 (Competition)

Competition entry featuring IDMM’s signature bold features, integrated concrete form and use of piloti, and cascading stairs. As the final stop for Korea's oldest Gyeongbu line (1905), the design entry was recognized for Kwak’s aspirations to link the pre-modern with contemporary desires.




Jeju 4.3 Memorial Park

Bonggae-dong, Jeju, Republic of Korea, 2002 (Competition)

Competition entry to commemorate the April 3rd massacre on Jeju island in 1947 as part of the surrounding park.








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ROOFRUN HOUSE is an architecture using pitched roof structure. Let’s imagine this. Families take a walk around their pitched roof, peep into neighbouring roofs, and have a picnic on the roof.