'Beyond the Screen,' located in Naebalsan-dong, Seoul, South Korea where multi-plex housing has held the majority, is a new type of residential complex. This is a unique urban residential complex, with 3 different unit-type, in a total of 14 very compact dwelling units.
The building sits at a corner condition and is formed by a cutting and shaping of the volume by influences of the site regulations such as setback lines and natural light requirements. The outer appearance is a single mass, however, it is actually two masses bridged by a semi-exterior central stairwell with a unique brick screen to the front and back, forming an H-shaped plan, with a skipped floor structure from the east to west.
A method of skip-floor system is applied to compose the building. Through this, the efficiency of the space is increased, as well as achieving diverse spatial conditions. A unique brick system was used as a visual filter. This screen system is applied in three different areas to achieve diverse effects. 1. Courtyard: Screens the view of the building in front, while allowing for natural light and ventilation and creating a fantastic atmosphere; 2. Mechanical Room: Screens and hides all mechanical components, HVAC, from view, but allows for ventilation; 3. Rooms: Screens privacy from the public view.
Moreover, inbetween courtyard is designed not only to be a stairway, but also a space where all of the residents can gather, communicate, and exchange through a sharing of public activities. As people walk up the stairs, they will encounter various views at each level, and have a unique experience from the sunlight filtered through the brick screen. This courtyard exists as a lively place, transforming its characteristics every day.