This is the hottest architectural firm today. It is run by Han Yang Kyu, Yoon Hanjin and Han Seung Jae. they're the names behind several trendy Seoul spots, such as On ne Sait Jamais, a cafe in Hannamdong, and the French restaurant Aupres.
Three Favorite places in Seoul
"On the way from Hangangjin Station to Itaewon, you can see this black brick building. Designed by Mass Studies, it delivers a strong message with its jeon bricks (thin, traditional Asian-style bricks) and black concrete. Since it’s a large open space, anybody can stop by and relax here." — Yoon Hanjin
"Although most structures in Seoul are constructed using the easiest and cheapest methods, Myeongdong Cathedral is one of the rare edifices built with a lot of dedication and effort. You can sit back and relax in the wide courtyard and take time to relax in the middle of the most overpriced part of Myeongdong. It makes the time that you spend there more precious.”— Han Seung Jae
Before it's Hot
"In Seoul, there are countless opportunities to see new buildings, but we definitely need to give credit to older buildings —even if they’re not from the Joseon Dynasty. Although this building was constructed in the early 1990s and is not a cultural heritage, it gives you a fresh perspective on architecture."— Han Seung Jae
Recommendation for out-of-town visitors
"When I visited Nagasaki, Japan, I spent my time running and swimming at a wellconstructed sports center there. I liked the feeling that I was absorbing the air with my whole body and that made me feel like a local. This sports center, which was built where Mangwon reservoir once existed, has nice facilities and is clean."— Han Seung Jae