Seoul, Korea, South


Haengchon vacant lot 3

The Haengchon vacant lot, created for urban agriculture, is a useful site where public architects, residents, experts and public officials can join forces to create a vacant space owned by the city. At the center of the city's agriculture industry, Haengchon's vacant lot 3 is located in Muak-dong, Jongno-gu, where fresh air flows through Inwan Mountain and Seoul's capital city.

Designer: KDDH (Korea, South)


HOUSE 4/6, Paju Hose

The family consists of a grandmother in her 80s who had a stroke on the way to the toilet outside and now is in the hospital, a father who is a non-regular worker and works till late every day, and a middle school adolescent daughter who is always left home alone and is the first subject of concern for the family. Thanks to Illegal extension works, the house has a ㅁ-shape, yet its building area is only about 13 pyeong.

Designer: Jinseok Yang(Y GROUP) (Korea, South)


Atelier Chaeyeon

The apartment estate market which seemed not to be withered is cooling now.
As the imprudent house-poor, who borrows the money to buy a house even if the interest rate is low, disappears, the fever of becoming to farming for a moment with the longing for the life in country house is passing like a wind.

Designer: L'eau Design


HOUSE 6/6, Jegi House

The project is a major remodeling work for a western-style house in the form of a typical urban modernized hanok. Originally, the house was a very sunny and pleasant urban residence. But over many years, with the rapid development of its neighborhood, the sunny side of the house gradually disappeared, thus the house grew ill. So did the people living with the house. Therefore, with an aim to recover its previous healthy state, the project begun.

Designer: Y GROUP


HOUSE 2/6, Yeoju House

It’s a ‘separated yet bonded’ house where three generations live together. It’s a home for a grandmother in her 70s, a father in his late 30s and his daughter in the 1st year of middle school. The old house didn’t have a proper room for the father, so he had to live in a company dormitory. But now the father has returned home and is living in a new house with his family. Allowing the three generations to live under the same roof, this new house is a happy home for them.

Designer: Y GROUP (Korea, South)


Slow House

The Slow House located in the Innovation city in Ulsan is situated in the rectangular site with 8 meters-width road at the northwest side facing the foot of Mt. Hwangbang. Since it is expected that there will be a lot of car traffics and mountain climbers, it is necessary to design a plan which protects user privacy.

Designer: KDDH (Korea, South)


HOUSE 1/6, Gangwha

There is a low mountain in north and huge plain in south, so we set a goal to sit the house on natural topography and start designing. We planned to adapt to natural topography and by scenic arrangement and height. Just as it says, “building as the land looks.” We didn’t select a flat land for a reason because highland can give a special space and lowland for a normal space. A house adapted to geographical features were cited in the landscape of traditional architecture.

Designer: Y GROUP (Korea, South)


ID Hospital

This ID center suggests the Editologocal Gradation Tower responding to an evolving program by the flexibility of the vertical stacking arrangement. In the body of the tower, 16 floors are composed of two sections, meditel and beauty care. And the top floor is arranged as the Roof Lounge for a lobby area, and the Meditel Lounge is placed for counselling and specialized consultation at the below the top floor. Also the Beauty-Care Lounge is arranged at the basement.

Designer: L'eau Design (Korea, South)


HOUSE 3/6, Dongducheon

Building a 40-square-meter of single house was possible for this family. However, we decided to build a three - story building with a parking lot for a truck and a rest place for mother. For she likes reading books with daughter. Also, we made a small but solid kitchen space for the mother who cooked on the outer floor because it was not ventilated. I needed a design to satisfy space such as a parking lot, a family room, 2 rooms, a toilet, a kitchen, a study, and small yard.

Designer: Y GROUP (Korea, South)


Barbarella house

In the Barbarella house situated in the Yongin-si Gyeonggi-do, two households, who are a family, is living and sharing.
The main objective was to design a satisfying house with an equivalent feeling by considering two different life patterns of households. At the first floor for the daughter and her husband, there are a main room that can be divided by a fake wall for future baby, a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, and others.

Designer: KDDH (Korea, South)


Bookcafe House

The most characteristic feature of a book house resembling a book is the bookcase where all books on the bench can be stacked. It had always been the client's dream to have a house full of books on the one side of the wall.These spaces gathered to make the house that open inside and outside, top and bottom unimpededly and coexist.

Designer: KDDH (Korea, South)


Sangdo Camouflage

The hotel is expected to become a place where young artists can achieve aesthetic communication with the community through collaboration projects covering not only one corner of the hotel but also neighboring alleys, and which can create dynamic events linked with the food and entertainment cultures of adjacent areas to create dynamic events.

Designer: L'eau Design (Korea, South)
Manufacturer: Sangdo Camouflage (Korea, South)


Disamobili headquarters and exhibition hall

Disamobili, company that imports and sells luxury brands’ goods such as Poliform and Ligne roset, etc, is the furniture company that has long maintained the top spot.
It is the first time that they has built the headquarter building that is also used for exhibition space after they have established themselves on the furniture street in Nonhyun-dong.

Designer: Jin Seok Yang (Y GROUP) (Korea, South)


Project Floor Area Ratio Game

This land is a class 2 general residential area, so an architect can build a building with a 60% the building to-land ratio and a 200% floor area ratio. It is common to design a three-story building with a 60% building-to-land ratio and to design the fourth floor with a 20% building-to-land-ratio. However, the land area (142㎡) was so small that 20% of the area was only 28.4㎡. We tried to maximize floor area ratio to meet what the building owner required without any loss.

Designer: ON Architecture INC. (Korea, South)


Min Hwi Jeong

This is a project looking for another architectural alternative to the housing market.
By using the cube block as a screen device on the residential sector, the privacy protection was improved. Also as a commercial building, at night, it had an unique lighting feeling and gaining awareness became an advantage.
We made sky garden in external court for the lighting and natural ventilation and installed a folding door for multi-purpose space.

Designer: On Architecture INC. (Korea, South)


Bookcafe House

The most characteristic feature of a book house resembling a book is the bookcase where all books on the bench can be stacked. The window between the bookshelves was created to relieve the tightness of the walls and the front of the bookshelves became a center of communication where the whole family can gather and spend time. The kitchen is placed facing the bookshelf so that it can communicate with the family in the living room at any time.

Designer: KDDH (Korea, South)


Design Strategy & Research Center, Korea Institute of Design Promotion

Design seeks for esthetics which practicality and sensibility are well balanced. We suggest newly interpreted DESIGN BARN as a typology of lab where handles designs that are endlessly creative and challenging for innovative thinking.
We expect a birth and reaction of innovative thoughts for our next generation through people who work, research, and visit this lab. Written by Chanjoong Kim

Designer: THE_SYSTEM LAB (Korea, South)


Red Mirror Strips

It has a two story building covered with layers of horizontal mirror strips and vertical red transparency strips. Overlapping transparency and reflection, these layered strips of different materials create a visual illusion. Walking along the narrow stair passage between the layers, the visitors may feel dizzy for the optical repetition and trembling of the strips. The stair passage links the ground level to the roof deck changing the ordinary views of typical commercial blocks. Photo: kyung Roh

Designer: Wise Architecture (Korea, South)


Nefs headquarters and exhibition hall

In exhibition areas, you can enjoy not only kitchens and furnitures, but also artworks in the middle of the place because there is an gallary of Nefs's foundation. Nefs's gallary plans various exhibitions. Threfore, people can appreciate not only kitchen and furnitures but also various displays and artworks. When you walk around outside of the exhibition wall, you can naturally enjoy Nefs's kitchens and several furnitures, which is pretty effective display path. Photo : Kim Yongkwan

Designer: Y GROUP (Korea, South)


Double house

The floor of the retail area on the 1st floor is divided from its corner into two in a diagonal direction, and the level of those two floors are set differently in order to maximize spatial flexibility. For the house on the 3rd floor, its access, entrance and living room are designed to offer a view to the mountain in the northeast. The living room is linked with a deck outside and also take advantage of natural ventilation all the time. Photograph: Joonhwan-Yoon

Designer: ON ARCHITECTURE INC. (Korea, South)


Ju Hyang Jae

The 'Ju Hyang Jae' choose the method of placed inclined 'ㄷ' shape mass on site for filter outside.
Enter the entrance, can face kitchen and dining room. Then along the corridor, there are main room and dress-room. The dress-room can use independent attic.
Being as children's room and living room have large window, they can secure lighting. Second floor attic are located in above living room. The living room, children's room, and library are each other go up and down.

Designer: KDDH (Korea, South)


Tower House

The architect got attracted by in-between spaces created by the x shaped configuration rather than the shape itself. He placed living room, master bedroom, kitchen and small rooms one by one along the flow of house so that the in-between spaces formed among the rooms can work as an independent outdoor space for each space. Especially the in-between space of living room and master bedroom are oriented to the south in order to draw abundant sunlight into the space.

Designer: ON ARCHITECTURE INC. (Korea, South)



Matryoshka is located in a residential area of four to five-story buildings, situated deep within Gangnam’s main street. The site is rectangular with pyramidal frame, tapering at the top due to setback regulations. A hard crust has been built here to make the internal space flexible. This crust becomes a structure which includes a boundary within a boundary, becoming smaller and overlapping at the to just like the Russian doll Matryoshka.

Designer: LEAU design (Korea, South)


Darak Darak

There are parking space for 5 vehicles, a cafe running by the owner's wife, and core in 1st floor. 2nd floor and 3rd floor consist of offices for renting and studios.
The owner's resident space is located in the upper part of the buidling which includes from 4th floor to 6th floor and attics. He romoved the boundary of living room and kitchen. 4th floor. A stair case from 5th floor to 6th floor and diagonal wall create high ceiling of 8m and vertically connect each room as a whole house.

Designer: THE_SYSTEM LAB (Korea, South)


March Rabbit

Located in the busy alley of Cheongdam-dong in Seoul, this building not only needs to respond with sensitivity to its surrounding environment but also establish itself as an unfamiliar landscape in order to envigorate the street itself. In addition, the building, as a neighborhood living facility, has to cope with the potential changes to its internal program, such as offices, retail shops, cafes, and as a residential quarter.

Designer: Kim Dong-jin (Korea, South)
Manufacturer: LEAU design Co. (Korea, South)


Moai Building

Easter Island has almost been erased from history as it has no clear documentation of its past. Mysterious Moai statues are the only evidence of civilization. I gained a similar impression of Samjeon-dong, Seoul. Modern Moai at Samjeon-dong began with the consideration of a symbiotic structure for a city, including housing created by stacking commercial facilities and residential units on the everyday cultural ground.

Designer: L'eau Design (Korea, South)



The interior space of the cafe, ‘On ne sait jamais’, is consist of a bottom space where heavy felt furnitures are placed and an overhead space where floating fabrics are hanging. The fabric hanging from the overhead structure is a very delicate translucent fabric which is distinct from the felt fabric at the bottom space. Being different from the heaviness of the stacking felt, the floating fabric provides sensitive movements responded by behaviors of visitors and micro airflow.

Designer: Namelss (Korea, South)
Manufacturer: (Korea, South)


The nest of Yellow Owl : Mum Building

Entirely covered with black brick, the building has a twisted rectangular shape, and its entrance defined by the incised surface of the distorted structure makes it difficult to distinguish between the front and the back. To block out the excessive light flowing into the upper floors, the architect designed lintels to be closed gradually rather than installing smaller windows on those floors.

Designer: Wise Architecture (Korea, South)


The Door

The nature of a traditional Korean door with a lattice set in the door frame, in particular, is quite gentle. The thin but durable lattice becomes one with changhoji (traditional Koran paper pasted on doors and windows) inside. Due to the semi-transparency unique to changhoji, door properly accommodates the inside and outside, rather than separating them. The look of a worn-out door loosened by many hands enables communication between the inside and outside in a relaxed mood.

Designer: NAMELESS Architecture (Korea, South)



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