A spectrum between private and public
This is a country house that internally respects various lifestyles of three-generation family members as well as their communal life and that externally encourages communication with neighbors and inverts aggressive disadvantages of the site. The complex boundary between private and public, which is always born in communal life, is reinterpreted as multilayers of vertical and horizontal planes in regard to functions and contexts.
Large but diagonal-shaped site, environmental limit
The site is the center of a basin surrounded by low hills and is of a diagonal shape of 6,760 square feet. The site is the lowest area within the basin. Neighboring houses besiege the site along the hill flow. The view is opened only to the southeast, toward reservoir. And those have determined the architectural arrangement and openness of the house.
Country house for three generations
The house basically consists of common space, grandparents’ space, parents’ space (first floor), while the children’s space is with the grandparents’ space.
Abundant outdoor space and space as a buffer zone
The diagonal-shaped site is defined by the reversed ‘ㄱ’-shaped house and consists of three areas such as access road, courtyard, and backyard with a water pond; the spaces altogether make a circulating spatial narrative. And with the two outdoor decks on the first floor, the number of spaces ends up as five. Each outdoor space is formed as an extension of adjacent interior space embracing spatial narratives of public space as a semiprivate buffer zone against neighboring spaces and the surrounding nature.
The maximum privacy level against neighbors is achieved while the openness of space is maintained through contemporary application of the secluded spatial arrangement of Hanok geometry, context, and program. The living room is opened to the courtyard in the south while the views of the rooms on the first floor are designed to face the adjacent lake. The wall fence plan was considered as a part of the architecture and was designed, when necessary, to block the views from the outside, yet without losing openness.
Location: 453-1, Woljam-ri, Dong-eup, Uichang-gu, Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea
Project architect: Jaemin Yoon
Design team: Jinsoo Kim, Hyukhyu Shin, Kwangjae Ryu, Minji Kim, Seongmin Lee
Collaborator-S: MOA Structure
Collaborator-M: HL Consulting Engineers
Collaborator-E: Daewon Pobis
Construction: CS Construction
Photographer: Joonhwan Yoon