LocationSeoul, South Korea
Architect in ChargeKim Jae-Kwan
ConstructionKim Jae-Kwan. Lee GI-Joo, Kim Tae-Hwan
PhotographsKim Jae-Kwan, Courtesy of Moohoi Architecture
From the architect. If you live in a place where your children feel safe on their way home thanks to soldiers and policemen standing guard your home around the clock and all the year round; thus a thief dare not show up; you are gently reminded up even when your car is scratched by somebody; but if you suspect that they can watch not only your children's safety, thefts, and vandals but also, maybe… maybe your garden and even your living room through high resolution binoculars as if they are spying on neighboring movements but actually your home.
If you live in a town where your neighbor's fence infringes on your land and another neighbor infringes on alley, and even you infringe their land…; you may get relieved because it is conventional in old town but reviewing Building Act reveals that you have to give up 10㎡ to satisfy the minimum condition of alley width to four meters, and building coverage ratio and floor area ratio don't signify nothing in your land due to the right of light to north, setback regulation on the fa?ade, and height limit from Cultural Heritage Protection Act; you just decided to move main gate of your house from the roadside to alley, but your neighbor notices it and comes to you saying "Umm, as you know, I regard this alley as my garden. I am going to grow Chinese cabbage and lettuce for preparing kimchi for the winter. So I oppose to your plan to open your main gate on this side" and the term 'opposition' implies that he may file a civil complaint if you don't respect his opinion.
If you live in a place near a military base free from prying eyes due to its limited accessibility but one day castle of Bukhan mountain is opened to the public and they freely peep your garden and terrace on their way to the castle,
If you live in an ill-fated place Vassili Zaitsev prefers to lurk waiting to attack with Mosin Nagant, a commander may use for firing range and Zhao Yun may call contemporary Changban; a group of motorcycle gangs pass by with their hands on (not grapping) the handlebar of Harley-Davison, as if they are aligning with others, wearing chaps (even in summer), sunglasses (even in rainy day) and helmet making a thundering noise every weekends and holidays; at noon, tourists hang around your gate asking "Were izu ?tonn?… Sanmotoonge Caf? on Televi?"; in the late fternoon, a long line of camouflaged soldiers armed to the teeth trek peeping in your garden.
If you live in a place new bride moved to your neighbor is always complaining of looking down on her garden mentioning invasion of privacy, in spite of your explanation about the steep site condition which makes you look down her garden as your neighbor on the other side does yours as usual in old town but she argues that she can't understand because she has lived in apartment houses, though your former neighbor said hello and share food though each garden is open to each other.
If you live in a house facing South considered good for living but with good space only on southern side (usually bedrooms, front entrance, and living room) and dark and stuffy space on the other side (usually kitchen, bathroom, and boiler room); turning on the boiler raises not indoor temperature but only hitting bills; masonry wall and footing wall delivering the weight of roof to the ground exceed their role and suck up underground water like sponge.
Then you have to make to JIPSOORI your home. Like this.