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Wa Sun Jai / IROJE KHM Architects

  • 01:00 - 20 May, 2010
Wa Sun Jai / IROJE KHM Architects
Wa Sun Jai / IROJE KHM Architects, © JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

© JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect

    IROJE KHM Architects / HyoMan Kim
  • Design Team

    SuMi Jung, MiYeong Park
Structure designer: Guang Min Jeon
  • Structure

    Concrete Rahmen
  • Contractor

    Yeong Kim
  • Exterior Finishing

    Cor-Ten steel, Dryvit
  • Interior Finishing

    Exposed concrete, Lacquer on gypsum board, Wood flooring
  • Building Area

    200.66 sqm
  • Gross floor area

    275 sqm
  • Area

    515.0 sqm
  • Photographs

From the architect. Coexisting of old & new – Addition of the new modern house on the site where is existing traditional old house

The owner of house is born in Korean-style house and grows up in this land, as well as, the village is a place with ancestral burial ground. The place is the origin of life for him and a place where the trace and remembrance of life is compressed.

Now he, who composed a household of family, came back to the land and build up the land of life for three generations with his mother who kept the site until now.
He is a broadcasting writer.

The architectural method to connect the retention of the existing traditional house with vertically extended new house in a site. It faces difficult problem of present age that coexistence and harmony of 'tradition and modern'.

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

“Virtue of pond snail”-“WA SUN”-the name of this house

A pond snail lays young in its' skin in the peel and the young grows up eating the skin of mother. If the young all grows up, the mother left only with 'peel'. It is an instinctive devotion to inherit the life. Also, it is a 'virtue' that is a destiny of life.

Maybe he tried to realize the virtue of pond snail in the site where ancestors' devote is piled. It is tried to build a 'layer' only as a 'peel'.

The architectural “wall” only as a “peel”

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

An architectural 'wall' only as a 'peel' is built and the wall endowed with a role to mean an idea of time. The 'oldness' of Cor-Ten Steel is an instinctive peel. The wall and the wall of exposed concrete are an 'inner skin' of past story as well as a peel of sometime in the past.
The walls with symbolic time, divide the site into 'garden' of ten 'places' the site and each garden, as a land where records the history will latent another program of future life. And the connection of garden and the story of garden are expected to show plentiful spatial drama and story of life.

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

To function as “landscape of memory”

With the existing Korean-style house as the central figure, the composing element like outer wall, inside fence, outside fence of every space built a 'wall' that only has simple 'side' as a 'form' With this, the Korean-style house is symbolically embossed from every direction, and become an object. It will function as 'landscape of memory' to the residence and the visitors of the house.

To feel the mystery dissonant harmony and difference of periodical character of culture

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

The urban landscape of high-storied office building in Bundang new town with background of tiled roof on the Korean-style house that looks down from the second floor makes to feel the mystery dissonant harmony and difference of periodical character of culture. Moreover, the firmness of cumulated time may be a reason that the grandeur of the small tiled house could see.

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

To be the “Fence of old house” – Making the various gardens.

The new residential mass is long arranged surrounding the Korean-style house. With this, the mass is being a fence of outside. Moreover, it could form an outside space between the existing Korean-style houses.

Gardens and walls of periodical character

The outside space divided by function and region, and became a 'place' where characterized with 'gardens' which is composed with 'wall' that has periodical character.

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

After all 'wall plan' as an architectural device to put new story of time and 'preservation of land' as a 'place' where has the history of time became the intended aim of the house.

Firmness of the ‘peels’ and 'spirit of time'

During the construction, the existing houses simultaneously changed to a portly frame and the shape that cultural origin is ambiguous. And then, they besieged the house.

It was the moment that the Cor-Ten steel outer wall is filled with the meaning of time. Nevertheless, what is the reason to be seen the house, which seized by public house district around, as if it is a commander that leads them.

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim

Maybe it is because the firmness of the 'peels' that are piled by the people who lived this land and condensed 'spirit of time' for a long time...

© JongOh Kim
© JongOh Kim
Cite: "Wa Sun Jai / IROJE KHM Architects" 20 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Alexis Giardino · January 25, 2011

fusión de arq contemporánea con clásica korea #arquitectura

bluevertical · June 06, 2010

Wa Sun Jai by IROJE KHM Architects #architecture #interiordesign #minimalism *wow. great design

???????? · May 24, 2010

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Randolph · May 22, 2010

I have to say that i agree that the program of the building was not kept in mind for this design—but i do admire the wide array of materials being used. Then again, more (material) does not always mean better.

Michael Baugus · May 22, 2010

The description escapes me but this is an interesting build- Wa Sun Jai / IROJE KHM Architects | ArchDaily

ChristophersShowroom · May 22, 2010

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arnold · May 21, 2010

such beauty old style house, and such ugly 'modern' style house.

the Idea of old and new is realy good, but design of "new" building, is terrible. it architects problem, that they create such unsightly house.

nothing to say. it's sad a bit, that they couldn't create nice building as old building.

Brian Frolo · May 21, 2010

Reflections of Scarpa in the Far East: Wa Sun Jai / IROJE KHM Architects #archdaily

Graham Cowen · May 21, 2010

Interesting. Love the interiors viewing the original building. RT @HomeDecorNews Wa Sun Jai / IROJE KHM Architects

Home Decor News · May 21, 2010

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GSD · May 21, 2010

the low exterior white wall next to the existing house is non-sense.... i feel nauseous and sick after looking at all the unnecessary + brutal details attached to EVERYWHERE from facade to stailcase

steve · May 22, 2010 12:06 PM

i agree on the details comment, they are a bit too distracting and become somewhat of an eye sore as opposed to an elegant detail which is typical of asian design elements. such a puty as there is much potential here. i do appreciate the white exterior wall though, this is a typical design style in asian culture where a wall is punctured at various locations to reveal certains characteristics of the site or just provide some intrigue. overall though, the details are a bit too tacky.

tDA · May 21, 2010

What a train-wreck.

xirclebox · May 21, 2010

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ygogolak · May 21, 2010

This feels very cramped. The TV is on the floor.

Felix · May 21, 2010

Pity the concept is so badly written, all I get out of it is that the cor-ten facade is a 'peel', although I don't know why.

He doesn't seem to have effectively done the one thing that should be vital in a project like this: to highlight the beautiful existing building. There's that one photo looking through an unsympathetic entrance, and from that angle the older building is partially hidden by a white rendered wall.

The palette of exterior materials is nice; I like how the tiles and timber of the older building match the cor-ten and concrete of the new. Interior materials are pretty awful, as is that staircase from what I see of it.

fyer · May 21, 2010
Jeison · May 21, 2010

Impossible to feel at home in this thing.


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