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Purple Hill House / IROJE KHM Architects

  • 01:00 - 6 November, 2009
Purple Hill House / IROJE KHM Architects
Purple Hill House / IROJE KHM Architects, © JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

© JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Youngin, Gyeounggi-do, Korea
  • Architect

    HyoMan Kim - IROJE KHM Architects
  • Design Team

    KyeongJin Jung, JiWon Ym, EunHae Park
  • Structure Designer

    MOA. SungYeong Oh
  • Contractor

  • Building area

    110.28 sqm
  • Gross floor area

    290.88 sqm
  • Area

    554.0 sqm
  • Photographs

From the architect. Suburban residential site

This scenic site is a part of the residential area developed in the natural greenery area of the mountain gwanggyo and that is located at the entrance area to trail to mountain.

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

Merit = siteplan faced to evergreen mountain=Demerit=Facing not south but northwest=Lack of southern sunlight.

From agony about the direction to which major living space see, the plan of this house started.

After all, the direction to the opposite mountain that will be preserved in the natural green space forever was selected.

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

But this charming selection that introduce the permanent natural landscape brought the problem, bad solar condition, that the major living space is faced to northwest sunlight.

And so, we must make the solution to absorb the southern and eastern sunlight into the inside of the house.

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

Solution the demerit -“Floating glass garden” absorbed southern sunlight

"Glass box of light" that will absorb the useful sunlight was introduced to inside space of the various level and these boxes which are planted with flower and fruit are functioned as "Floating glass garden".

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

Actually, we solved the problem and we own both the two conditions that are the introduction of landscape and ecological environment and naturally, we have been reached to the complex solution that all the rooms have their own garden.

Floating boxes with bamboo garden - Dynamic and vertical sequence of space

The dynamic, unrealistic interior space which are produced with several floating glass boxes over the major living space that is opened to the vertical height of 3 floors, will be the symbolic impression of this house.

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

Small purple hill - Landscape architecture - Harmonizing with the surrounding context

We expect that this landscape architecture will coexist with the surrounding context for a long time, as if a small purple hill....

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hetero · February 25, 2010

Hello, as you can see this is my first post here.
Hope to receive any help from you if I will have some quesitons.
Thanks in advance and good luck! :)

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juno · November 11, 2009

we should not look at this house as "what if i live in".
iroje is a very successful architectural office in Korea and people do come to them for their particular style. the client should say ok to every move, material and colors, so don't you worry about living in there. i personally do not like this kind of home, so you can also say the same thing, but for the architecture itself, i should say, they pulled off some amazing forms and spaces.

João · November 10, 2009

Hello Anavic,

Did I say you could not express opinions?
On the contrary, I only expressed mine.
But I still say that the fact that many people like or dislike something does not bring intrinsic quality.
If we were awaiting the views of the crowds we were still in middle age...

The question (for me) is:
What is quality in a project / work and how to evaluate that in a neutral way?

srikanth reddy · November 10, 2009

@ peter

its true that ppl are different in terms of culture,lifestyle etc but when u r talking bout living spaces, basic requirement wouldnt differ much . only the architectural language might differ. end of it every one wants a livable space not conffusion arround them.

if any thing and everything done arround us should be taken as achievement with out any critisism i dont think we would have come this far in making GREATER SOCIETY

mng · November 10, 2009

too much energy from the broken lines and translucent surfaces has in this interior, too complicated without clear statement. no counterpoint to balance this fast rhythm, apart from the exterior landscape. It could be further developed

Pato · November 10, 2009

This is a house or a Museum? I can not imagine a family living there, is so uncomfortable.

BOO · November 10, 2009

OMG I don't want to live here.

Sherry · November 10, 2009

I am a student studying architecture in China,I 'd like to know more about this fatanstic field~!!
thanks a lot

peter · November 10, 2009

A comment for all,

In 'my' opinion, one of the biggest issues and joys of life are peoples differences of opinions, lifestyles, cultural backgrounds etc so to this end it is a shame we as part of a greater society still can not afford the generosity to cellabrate anothers achievments whilst still offering inquisitive critique through questions that might both inform our own views/attitudes as well as the authors ideas....just a thought.

srikanth reddy · November 10, 2009

one thing i dont understand of all this is..why should ones day to day life be so complicated...i mean any one who occupies this house will be amazed for say 6 months ...1 year . by then he will be quite femiliar with each and every corner of the no more moments of getting amazed .. in this case he lives in a proper box or he lives in a messed up concrete makes no difference ..caz he dosent give a damn bout wats arround him ...caz its all known and he is been living in it every day ......... so is this all for that 1 year of amezement .... why cannot living spaces be simple...

do it for a restaurent , pub, art spaces this might stand good caz ppl dont spend much time there so the form leaves some mysterious image of itself in the viewer...wat is this nonsence ....

grow up ppl ...its time to think

YourMOMslover · November 10, 2009

75% of you posters aren't even working or licensed- so hate on haters and keep drinking that EXTRA CHERRY RED for contemporary architecture....its been a long time coming in terms of recognition---BIG UP!

YourMOMslover · November 10, 2009 03:47 AM

for South Korea that is...

maurice · November 10, 2009

sorry for language, I'm French (so what?). this is neither house nor home, only scary building. Is it real, or is it for a movie, like new "Psycho"?

abe · November 10, 2009

Welcome to Disney house.

luiz · November 09, 2009

nice design. a lot of information, kind of confused. I would not like to live in a place like this, but maybe someone does. anyway, I like it.

Fernando Deprit · November 09, 2009

Estoy de acuerdo con todo lo que ha dicho Joao...sin embargo sigo opinando como profesional del disegno de vivendas que hay caracteres o ecuacion de relaciones entre funcionalidad-economia y disegno que deberian siempre encontrarse con una cierta armonia en un proyecto. Esta casa en mi opinion libre (y para eso existe este foro) no resuelve la ecuacion...pero no se, a lo mejor algun pastor de tu pueblo podria resolver este enigma mas facilmente...

harry · November 09, 2009

It's a house, not a home

anavic · November 15, 2009 08:51 PM

I think you're wrong.

Maybe it's not supposed to be a home now because a home is made by it's owners, but architects are supposed to give some special features to make a simple building a place to be able to live in. A house is not just a building, it's not just for walls and a roof.

Andrew Geber · November 09, 2009

im not sure about the concrete kitchen surfaces..

peter · November 09, 2009 05:42 PM

?? hmmm!!

João · November 09, 2009

Phrases like "I could not live in this space" have as much meaning as "I think this is ugly", and have no more value told by an architect, a lawyer or a farmer

anavic · November 09, 2009 11:06 PM

Saying "I could not live in this space" is far from "I think this is ugly". The only thing both have in common is that both are opinions, that's it, and if we can't express our opinions because they are useless of whatever you wanted to say, let's close this blog. Included you.

I agree with you that what is good for one is not necessarily good for everyone, everytime I say that "I couldn't live in a place like that" I also say: "I guess is what the client asked for and I understand that another person would like it".

But you have to understand one thing: houses are made to people, and if a lot of people here thinks this house is uncomfortable and a little bit alien.

By the way, yes, I think a famer of a little village could fix it better than an architect, he just need to think about living there and say what he wants and what he doesn't want.

peter · November 09, 2009 05:40 PM

totally agree

João · November 09, 2009

We must remember that the ability of each to inhabit a particular space does not make it good or bad, simply because different people have different abilities to use that space.
What is good for one is not necessarily good for everyone.

Fernando Deprit · November 09, 2009

Yo como arquitecto no podria vivir en un casa asi. Es dificil su lectura de la vivienda y no me hace sentir la armonía de una de una vivienda , de un hogar, que es de lo qué se trata al final ... muy escultural, Mucho dinamismo de composición pero ... no nos olvidemos que a parte de la parte estetica y compositiva tenemos siempre que cumplir con mas objetivos importantes.

Michael Hadida · November 09, 2009

This project removes all that is familiar to us in a house. It abandons the warm touch of wood and substitutes an alien purple facade.

This might pass off as a house, but how can it ever be a home?

dito · November 09, 2009

there are so many beautiful details and sculptural forms in this house...but its like when you mix too many colours just turns brown.

peter · November 08, 2009

I find it really curious that critique has become so individual and personal with no ability to see architecture as an act of creativity to deliver a service to a third party (the architects client) NOT the whims of fashion and style generated within our own global or otherwise attitudes towards what might or might not be considered good architecture (this and other forum contributers). I 'personally' for one say this house seems very spatially interesting and would enjoy the chance to visit.

MacP · November 09, 2009 01:33 PM

Peter, I agree with your comments on critique. Reminds me of James Adams in his book Conceptual Blockbusting: judging rather than generating ideas, he adds “Bad mouthing everyone else’s concepts is in fact a cheap way to attempt to demonstrate your own mental superiority”. I learn from the constructive comments on this blog. Other comments (the negative one-liners) don't add anything at all

L dog · November 08, 2009 09:55 AM

thats how everything seems to be nowadays. I think some of the spaces really explore what a "sculpted" house is all about.

miss purple · November 08, 2009

construction detail 1:10?

miss purple · November 08, 2009

any possibility of seeing some wall construction detail 1:10?

Yorik · November 08, 2009

I liked much this project... It's true that it is in the line of the nineties Los Angeles projects (Eric Moss etc), specially in the fact that the "crazy" space is confined inside a "traditional" volume shape. but it's great to see something new in that vein. The main space is really crazy :) I would have liked to see how the spaces with the trees in section 4 and 5 look like...

E-J · November 08, 2009

i actually quite like it! because the material was kept simple and pure they could add more different forms and "wierdness". IMO there is still a sort of balance and rest in this design.

greetings from holland

peter · November 08, 2009 09:54 AM

I agree with you, there is much to like about contemporary Korean architecture of which this is a good example.

Juan Cristobal · November 08, 2009

Can somebody get into the web page? 406 Not Acceptable

Cindy Hu · November 07, 2009

RT @moldingdesign: Purple Hill House / IROJE KHM Architects: © JongOh Kim Architect : HyoMan Kim – IROJE KHM...

Doug · November 07, 2009

A truly unsettling hot mess.

cantero · November 07, 2009 07:48 PM

very funny,


good for halloween

plots · November 07, 2009

there is a lot of talk of site conditions and light being the makeup of this house and then I look at any photograph or drawing and it all goes right out the window. Way too much going on in the interior, I can't imagine having to live there, and the exterior? Unless the landscape is made up of giant purple triangles I can't see then I'm still at a loss there as well.

And the spanning structures? What are those doing? Why that facade material?

I can see what they were going for in the second photograph if I try real hard but overall this is so poorly executed in response to the concept.

Nick · November 07, 2009

Oh noo, noo, noo nooo

okiduki · November 07, 2009

I was at Peter Zumthors lecture a week ago. He showed us a house, where he lives and works and by the way he said. This house likes its neighbourhood and does not say "I am better." OK, you can tell me, there is not only one way to do architecture, but what has the future? This Purple Hill House?

???? ???????? · November 10, 2009 02:07 AM

Dear okiduki ! Peter Zumthor ... This is a laconicism and a colour nobility . And as for Purple Hill House ,it is too heavyish and mourning outside and too much details -inside. I like Floating Glass Garden -only. Dear okiduki ! Perhaps , you know a lecture schedule of Messir Peter Zumthor in East Europe . My respect to you from Russia .

Luci · November 07, 2009

A house???? You've got to be kidding!!!. This is an example of how confused are the "creators" nowadays.

jeff · November 07, 2009

unique design, but does anyone want to live in a house where everything seems to be constantly falling over?

leo · November 07, 2009

very nice sculpture, but I'm scared to live in there.

Hoon Yoo · November 07, 2009

Too much is going on here...
Too many stories in anywhere in this house....

tony · November 11, 2009 04:46 AM

ya it seems that all of useless and very unnecessary forms create a lot of unresolved spaces and walls.

...looks like an undergraduate project in which the designer got way in over their head with the aesthetics right before the deadline.

theChavacano · November 07, 2009

Mmmh, is this is 1993 and this is Culver City?
Well i like the kitchen


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