Shincheon-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.
Sitting at the top of a hill, the project was designed to architecturally counter the severe on-site weather conditions by adopting a series of outer spaces in the form of inner courts. Contrary to more commonly seen outdoor spaces (madang: a kind of traditional Korean forecourt) in local houses, the project adopts a fortified structure surrounded by a spiraling sequence of spaces. The inner courts emerging at each floor inspire a variety of personalized activities, including leisure, play and exercise, corresponding with the needs of the residents; the second floor is reserved for the grandparents and children, and the third floor uniquely for the couple. Connected by rooms, stairs and decks, the spiraling sequence enables communication between spaces. Set at differing angles, the courts are also intended as observation points; each facet faces outward responding to the scenes of daily and seasonal change captured on the surrounding hills. The sculpted multi-faceted mass of Shincheon-ri House conceives a vacant core of inner courts, generated from the conditions of nature and of family culture.
Architect: Kwak, Heesoo / IDMM Architects Location: 1-74, Sincheon-ri, Seorak-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, Korea Programme: Detached house Site area: 1250m² Building area: 351.01m² Gross floor area: 1,021.17m² Building scope: B1, 3F Height: 20.1m Building to land ratio: 28.08% Floor area ratio: 57.69% Structure: RC Exterior finishing: exposed concrete Design period: Sep. 2011 - Oct. 2012 Construction period: Oct. 2012 - Dec. 2013 Completion: Dec. 2013 Photo credit: Yoon, Joon Hwan
KWAK, HEE SOO (IDMM Architects)
Shincheon-ri House by Heesoo Kwak in Korea, South won the WA Award Cycle 22. Please find below the WA Award poster for this project.
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