The building is placed on a sloping hill in a suburb of Seoul, near the North Korean border. The project contains two distinctively different programs. The first one is a residence for a small family and the second one is a L.P. music listening space. The client has a great collection of old L.P.s of 20th century American music and he listens to them with 1930’s antique stereo equipment, mostly from the U.S.
Once a nationally favored anchorman of Korea, he is preparing to retire and go back to his hometown area to rest and enjoy the rest of his life with his wife and music. The music listening studio is to be open to the general public or “whoever loves music.”
As far as I understood, the clients were quite spiritual with regards to listening taste and philosophy. Furthermore, they have some understanding on the culture and aesthetic of the North Western United States. They told me they loved the movie “A River Runs Through It.” They also told me, although they have never been to Montana, they liked the clean, quiet rivers of Montana.
I told them Montana also has great barns everywhere. The barns are tall inside with limited windows. Light penetrates dramatically into the tall, dark, and quiet space and listening to music in that kind of space will be thrillingly spiritual. He loved the idea and I started to design the building
The design started with a box. I intended the box to remain as simple as possible, ruling out any formal expression outside. Then the box was split into two parts along the north-south axis, following the direction of the hill and the open view. Between the two masses, a water garden was placed along with a floating, cantilevered steel staircase. This allowed the natural features of the hill to the north to be connected to the street and mountain further away through the void.