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Z-house / Hohyun Park + Hyunjoo Kim

  • 01:00 - 11 September, 2009
Z-house / Hohyun Park + Hyunjoo Kim
Z-house / Hohyun Park + Hyunjoo Kim, © Jungmin Seok
© Jungmin Seok

© Jungmin Seok © Jungmin Seok © Jungmin Seok © Jungmin Seok +53

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gwangju-si, South Korea
  • Architect

    Hohyun Park + Hyunjoo Kim
  • Use

  • Exterior Finishes

    Black Zinc, Basalt, Red Cedar, Slate
  • Interior Finishes

    Paint, Cedar, Pine, Wenge Flooring, Wenge& Zebrano staircase, Slate
  • Building Coverage Ratio

  • Area

    805.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The site is located at Gwangju Si, Gyeonggi-Do, where is not so far from Bundang new town. Surrounded by small houses, it is at the top of a hill with deep slope. First thing to consider is to keep woods on west side of the site. Available area of the site is limited by the woods. Facing a view of mountains on south side, the building is located.

© Jungmin Seok
© Jungmin Seok

In composition of space, relationship among programs and circulation are played important role. Ground level, which is divided by kitchen/Dining and living area and upper level, which is divided by children rooms and master zone are crossing at division area. By this manner, space is gradually ascending from entry to master zone.

© Jungmin Seok
© Jungmin Seok

Next thing to consider is to make dynamic space by changing size of space and by leading sight. High ceiling at the entrance corridor is more emphasized by sunlight through skylight and a wall, which is faced at the end of corridor, inducts eye to dining area. At this point, the ceiling height is suddenly changed by overhead ramp. High ceiling living area appears through low-rise 3step staircase, which is crossing outside water pond and inside plant area. From living area, space bifurcates to library at lower level and to upper level. Master zone, where is a climax in space scenario, is connected by a corridor and a ramp from children’s room at upper level. Master bedroom is entered through open bathroom and powder room and reconnected to entrance corridor.

© Jungmin Seok
© Jungmin Seok

Shape of the building is planned to follow the space scenario and roof, which is covered by black zinc is wrapping around upper level mass and form a homogeneous and muscular shape. Contrarily, lower level masses, which are covered by basalt, stand rigidly. Water pond and inner plant space are inserted at the crossing point of lower level mass and upper level mass.

© Jungmin Seok
© Jungmin Seok
Cite: "Z-house / Hohyun Park + Hyunjoo Kim" 11 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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TM · September 21, 2014

I am sure whoever the client/family is, it is exactly how they wanted the house to be. After all, when you design a house for someone, you have to know what they are like, their culture and their habits etc.

Erica Riva · January 30, 2011

Z-house / Hohyun Park + Hyunjoo Kim _ #architecture #photography

Shadow · May 16, 2010

it's just amazing...i like the way he's playing with the spaces.

Carrie · September 28, 2009

As an Interior Designer, I can say that the lack of furniture in the pictures only accentuates the inability to make functioning space planning that works. Even the floor plans show a sofa in front of the opening from the Library to the Living space above, but the photo has the sofa sqaushed under the stairs so you have the view from the Library to the outdoors.

Andrew Geber · September 19, 2009

The interior design is great! I especially like the diningroom table with the flowerbed.

I dont understand the sink outside the WC door though..

architects · September 15, 2009

Reading: "Z-house / Hohyun Park + Hyunjoo Kim | ArchDaily This is a nice house #architecture" (

john avlakiotis · September 15, 2009

It looks like different people designed the exterior from the interior. The form is really interesting but the spaces inside and the chiose of lighting, materials and detailing is quite bad.

maurice padovani · September 15, 2009

complicated architecture, narrow spaces, cold, b...

molli · September 15, 2009

Overall is fine but really bad lighting design as RT said.

Lou pan Design · September 15, 2009

it's amaizing and beautiful design. good job

marc · September 13, 2009

the roofing is interesting

Dustin · September 13, 2009

Wow, I could swim in that toilet!
It is so refreshing to see a house like that in Korea, for the most part all dwellings lack individualism. Huge step in the right place. Congradulations.

Dustin · September 13, 2009

Now THAT is a bad ass toilet. I could swim in it.
It is so refreshing to see a house like that in Korea, for the most part all dwellings lack individualism. Huge step in the right place. Congradulations.

farah .. · September 13, 2009

nice work .... the interior is great i like it ...

Michael · September 13, 2009

Well done Hohyun Park + Hyunjoo Kim!
They've designed a house. Not an architectural sculpture :D

Ellen · September 13, 2009

I'm a little undecided on this. The materials used on the exterior have a timelessness factor, but I find the interior a little too busy - too many things going on. Not to say it's not a good design as I think spatially it's beautifully thought out, but if it was me, I would have opted for a bit more restraint on the palette of materials. I just don't know where to look - the different and contrasting wood grains, the stone tiles, the stainless steel, the lighting! Oh my.

helen · September 13, 2009 08:21 PM

i agree. there rooms seem to be exist on their own with no connection to the other functional spaces in the house. this for me really distracts from the expressive but direct exterior. busy busy busy.. i get the impression that the diagram/research was too dominant. the house needs to be brought into one.

mankichi · September 13, 2009

nice. i like this project very much, this style design is interesting, i am a Vietnam architect and working in vietnam but i want to working with partner in the world, hope everybody hepl me

Dustin · September 13, 2009 09:59 AM

Vietnam is no a part of this world?

RT · September 12, 2009

bad lighting design that scatters the interior space

ygogolak · September 12, 2009

Great design and materials, both inside and out. This house has a very comfortable feel inside.

that's what she · September 12, 2009

everything works....brilliant!

me · September 12, 2009

i dont know why, but i just love it!

Wargo · September 12, 2009


tropicalismo360 · September 12, 2009

@Kris the diagram is very similar but the result is unique - a great little house

hdym · September 12, 2009


stan · September 12, 2009

and yeah Kris..i have also in mind the UN Studio Mobius house

stan · September 12, 2009

very interesting diagram and principle, but i have to admit that the buidling could have had a bit more puristic expression.It seems a bit too much is going on on the facade.

Ill · September 12, 2009

The second photo showing the entire house is very good.

olivier · September 12, 2009

sick !

Kris · September 12, 2009

That first diagram looks very very familiar! Villa NM by UNStudio anyone?

ygogolak · September 12, 2009 07:46 PM

I was thinking the same thing, aka Mobius House

Teo · September 12, 2009

I tried to like this home, but there are still some things which I don't understand, like the sink under the stairs with the vanity mirror, why are they outside the bathroom? What's with the emergency ladder reaching from one terrace to another? And why is the lightning so peculiar, also the tonal range, cold white, warm white and then all of a sudden blue?
But the thing that is most bothersome is the quality of the pictures and the daytime chosen to take them, it just makes the house look ugly, and that is bad, because it is a nice home and it deserves better pictures.

Dennis · September 12, 2009

This house is awesome! Wanna live there, no matter where on the planet it is.

jijigua · September 12, 2009



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