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Island House / IROJE KHM Architects

  • 01:00 - 6 October, 2009
Island House / IROJE KHM Architects
Island House / IROJE KHM Architects, © JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

© JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gapyunggun, Gyeounggi-do, Korea
  • Architect

    HyoMan Kim - IROJE KHM Architects
  • Design Team

    SuMi Jung, JungMin Oh, ARum Kim, SunHee Kim
  • Structure Designer

    MOA. SungYeong Oh
  • Lighting Designer

    LITEWORK, Seoda
  • Furniture Designer

    HeeSu Hong - Seoda
  • Contractor

  • Building area

    337.33 sqm
  • Gross floor area

    628.02 sqm
  • Area

    872.63 sqm
  • Photographs

From the architect. Floating site on the river

This site, where is floating on river and confronted the graceful landscape, was strongly recognized to me as a part of nature, from the first time that I met.

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

From then, I started to visualize "the architectural nature" as a place of recreation.

Form of site = Form of architecture = Maximum efficiency of landuse

While maximizing the efficiency of landuse, the leaner concrete mass, that cherishes the courtyard where is filled with the water and the greenery, was laid out on this site along the irregular formed site line.

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

This courtyard is "The architectural nature" and a central recreation space as extended river that communicate the river and architecture.

Continuous circulation of stepped roof garden - Creation of new green land in this site

The whole part of the step typed roofs, where is moving upward with various level, are directly linked to the bed rooms in upper floor.

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

Finally, this stepped roof gardens are linked to both sides of the inner court at where swimming pool is.

The inner court where is filled with the water and flower and fruit, and the whole of the roof gardens are circulated as the continuous landscape place and that is the place as "architectural nature" in concept.

Sucking in dynamic-surrounding landscape

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

Naturally, all of the rooms inside this site-shaped-mass are laid toward the picturesque landscape to enjoy the graceful scenery surrounded this site.

The huge panoramic view framed with sloped ceiling line that is composed with the lines of stepped roof gardens and the bottom line of the inner court, is the major impression of inner space of this house.

Promenade inner space of skipfloor made the promenade roofgarden-space of skipfloor.

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

Skip floor plan of inside of this house produced various dramatic spaces.

Floating boxes with bamboo garden - Dynamic, unrealistic sequence of interior space.

As "The architectural nature", floating white polyhedral masses that have the built-in bamboo gardens, produced the various stories of vertical space

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

Landscape architecture - Harmonizing with the surrounding landscape

The shape of the mountain type composed of irregular polygonal shaped concrete mass and metal mesh was designed to harmonize with the context as "the architectural mountain".

There was the intention to be a part of the surrounding context that consisted of the river and the mountain.

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

Architectural Island - Island House

As a result, this house was to be "The island house" as an "architectural island".

Cite: "Island House / IROJE KHM Architects" 06 Oct 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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JSA · February 07, 2014

Beautiful site,great cliet,plenty of budget, poor design...

YANG · November 12, 2011

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Rodrigo de Andrade · October 29, 2010

Em materia de arquitetura ninguem vence os Asiaticos nao...

Edgard Georges · June 24, 2010

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emi papanikola · June 24, 2010

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shatha · November 23, 2009

Alooooooot of sharp edges .In my option if you want your building to integrate with nature, the building should have a lighter structure, smooth edges, dissolve at the ends, at places where the building meets the sea, u could have a less steep slope so people could enjoy sitting there rather lifting the hole building on a platform ....
It is not necessary to have the roof like the mountains pick to represent nature.

Mark · November 23, 2009

Love IT! It is complicated, but that is not always a bad thing - Architecture does not have to be simplistic to be good. Complicated architecture does not have to be bad. (Although apparently complicated architecture doesn't get such good grades!)

Choi, Yungkyu · November 23, 2009

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aprile(????) · November 23, 2009

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Luiz Pereira Barreto · November 15, 2009

como aproveitar bem a topografia do lugar,uma casa na ilha

Blake Pope · November 10, 2009

Iroje KHM, Korea, designing amazing houses. #architecture (via @Urbanverse)

MIGUEL ROJAS SOLANO · November 10, 2009

RT @felipezarate @Urbanverse designing amazing houses. #architecture

miguelarchi · October 29, 2009

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leporello · October 22, 2009

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corto · October 08, 2009

respect... a sincere effort...

oscar falcón lara · October 08, 2009

A very cool project, angles everywhere and so many nice views, architecturally speaking, the roof garden idea is so good and the interior is interesting and the displacement of the floor plan seems organic (although it's not but only seems that way), it's a pretty awesome site.

alejandro · October 08, 2009

Full of good intentions, perhaps too many most of them not well resolved.

sum · October 07, 2009

the shape of the roof is not going with nature, not convincing at all, even in the images u can notice disturbance..
though, it has nice interiors

darth · October 07, 2009

kinda obese, very overcrowded, it has too much of everything... the site is amazing but its not an elegant solution.

z99 · October 07, 2009

it looks like it would be a pretty comfortable place to be in... the view surely helps

Goldschmidt R · October 07, 2009

Hmm, I think that AMR is right saing that a nuclear power station would have less visual impact. And my words are: It is a complet garbage, because it has no head or tail, it has no rithm or contrast and it has no reason.

s · October 11, 2009 09:43 PM

It might be said that there is not a head or a tail because the process is like a Mobius strip through the site and nature. If you see the plan and the doors to the roof garden, this interact between inner space and outer space.

AMR · October 07, 2009

What a waste of beautiful dining chairs....and a beautiful site............

A nuclear power station would have less visual impact.....

arnold · October 07, 2009

the first impression when I saw photos was: WOW! But.. everything from the begining:
- the location (views) are excelent: river,'s very very nice;
- the house facades are our days arch.decision. But when I'm looking at extrior, it looks like hotel, or entertainment centre, and after all, it maybe could be and a living house;
- in my opinion, the exterior is very discording with surrounding, to much screaming.. There's no harmony with nature. I understand, what architects wanted to underline, accentuate the modern, new arch.form ("hill") with all surrounding. But it's too much, in same case, nasty sceaming arch.decision.
- the plans are realy interesting. Good work. But interior structure and materials... well, I'll never said, that this house built a millionaire. Especialy these decoration boarding (planking) looks like cheap plastic. There are more in some case "cheap" arch.interior solutions, but it's only my opinion.

This house is too much egoistics with all his "neighbourhood". Especialy I regret about very nice River and beautifull Mountains.

harry · October 07, 2009


nindya · October 07, 2009

wonderful but bit complicated

Rupesh Jamkhindikar · October 07, 2009

this is amazing...though i think the structure could have been a bit to resolved...tough time for the engineer and fun time for the architect....gr8....

Mac · October 07, 2009

Why would you visit Kanye West’s blog? …whatever the reason, I leave up to you...

Rasha · October 07, 2009

I actually like its complexity. I love the Long Section! The site calls for a linear building like that so that all the rooms get views of the river.

S · October 07, 2009

How surprised!

Stone · October 07, 2009

I like the view that water behind of the desk.It is the maximum efficiency landuse.

christopher · October 07, 2009

this house is already on Kanye West's blog...whatever that means, i leave to you

Sissie · October 07, 2009

neither comfortable nor nice

mnn · October 07, 2009


Stephen · October 07, 2009

Seems to me like Charles Moore meets SuperDutch. I can "appreciate" the building, but I think it would have been stronger there were fewer grammatical parts.

WiBu · October 07, 2009

I can't comment on the functionality of it but as far as being a striking piece of architecture it works.

Jeison · October 06, 2009

Huge impact. Nice? can´t answer...

Kevin · October 06, 2009

I can only agree with cad and Tom W.

Tom W · October 06, 2009

What a mess.

cad · October 06, 2009

no rhyme or reason

mike · October 06, 2009

Yeah it's got quite a "busy" touch to it, nevertheless a very cool project! I like how it respectfully tries to imitate the landscape.

Myungjin · October 06, 2009

i like the concept but the house on overall kinda misses neatness of form.


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