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Seongbuk Gate Hills / Joel Sanders + Haeahn Architecture

  • 01:00 - 4 January, 2012
Seongbuk Gate Hills / Joel Sanders + Haeahn Architecture
Seongbuk Gate Hills / Joel Sanders + Haeahn Architecture, © ChaiSoo Ok
© ChaiSoo Ok

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From the architect. This project is located in the exclusive district of Seongbuk-dong, a neighborhood where precious traditional architecture and natural landscape is preserved and celebrated.

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© ChaiSoo Ok

Presented with the challenge of a steeply sloping site, this enclave of 12 private houses is designed so that every residence possesses ample private outdoor space and unobstructed views of the landscape. From the scale of the site plan to the design of the individual units,the project weaves together building and landscape, natural and synthetic materials, and indoor and outdoorspaces. Each residence is 3,000 sf with a garage/entertainment level and two living levels.

© ChaiSoo Ok
© ChaiSoo Ok

BORROWED VIEW
The project’s design updates the ancient principle of the “borrowedview,” a compositional technique employed by Asian gardeners to create an impression of continuity between private gardens in the foreground and natural features in thedistance. The staggered arrangement of L-shaped dwellings ensures that each unit enjoys unobstructed open southern views of a wooded valley, framed in the foreground by its neighbors’ planted greenroof.

© ChaiSoo Ok
© ChaiSoo Ok

All roofs are planted with a gridded pattern of four different species of sedum. When viewed from the national park across the valley, the pattern merges to form a dynamic composition of colors that change with the seasons, blending the structures into the densely wooded mountains surrounding the site.

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© ChaiSoo Ok

A CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION OF TRADITIONAL KOREAN DOMESTICITY
Inspired by its location, the design approach incorporates elements of traditional Korean architecture into a more progressive design vocabulary. The continuous stone wall along the internal street protects the privacy of residents in a manner similar to bulwarks that once fortified ancient palaces. In addition, the cantilevered roofs of each unit hover about the winding stone wall in a pattern that recalls the streetscape of a historic Asian city.

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© ChaiSoo Ok

INDOOR - OUTDOOR ROOMS
Inspired by the layout of the Han-oak, the vernacular Korean courtyard house, each of the four unit types is organized around two courtyards, which extend living areas out of doors and visually link each dwelling with the landscape beyond. The material palette and panoramic views flow seamlessly from the terraces into the living spaces: natural Stone finishes continue inside through glazed walls to meet wood floors that accentuate living areas, while furniture and upholstery incorporate materials and accent colors from the mountainview, blurring the boundary between indoors and outdoors.

© ChaiSoo Ok
© ChaiSoo Ok
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Seongbuk Gate Hills / Joel Sanders + Haeahn Architecture" 04 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/197131/seongbuk-gate-hills-joel-sanders-architect-and-haeahn-architecture/>
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35 Comments

Dikson · January 09, 2013

This is a great design.....
when was this project completed....

Patrice Wilbois · August 14, 2012

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lim geum taek · June 29, 2012

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helen · February 01, 2012

It's great to see some appreciation of architectural design being injected into country where living spaces are generally created without much design aspiration. Hopefully work such as this will inspire new affordable living with an appreciation of outlook and amenity.

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Pichon · January 06, 2012

Amazing landscape and representation, the proyect is nice too, congrats!

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Tang Jwing · January 05, 2012

Nice and practical

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