So Da Hun / IROJE KHM Architects

© Jong Oh Kim

Architect: IROJE KHM Architects / HyoMan Kim
Location: 229-2 Bigeun-dong, Pyeongtak, Gyeounggi-do,
Design team: Hyun Jung Ju
Structure designer: MOA. Sung Yeong Oh
Contractor: Dong Jun Yu
Site area: 107 sqm
Bldg. area: 63.25 sqm
Gross floor area: 197.27 sqm
Photographs: Jong Oh Kim

This site that is located in the heart of downtown is a small, irregular, polygonal shaped land and it is ragged old space, only area of 100 sqm.

At the same time, the maximum building area is no more than 60 sqm.

first floor plan

The development of vertical space – Skipped floor space – Rich sequence of vertical space

While adapting the skipfloor system, it was possible to maximize the visual range and to produce the interesting space of variety, as possible as this small site can do.

© Jong Oh Kim

The spread of horizontal space – Narrow bamboo garden – Fence space

Because of the boundary of small courtyard and living room and the window between the concrete fence and interior space are transparent, the extended outdoor garden space and interior space maximize the horizontal visual range.

© Jong Oh Kim

Stainless mesh – Filtration of landscape and sunlight, translucent mass

The translucent images which are consisted with stainless mesh that filtrate the sight from opposite church and side stores and direct sunlight, are the major impression of this house.

elevation 04

Vertical garden

Small courtyard was covered with wood panel, for the maximum efficiency of use of the place.

This spacs of inner courtyard where is surrounded with stainless mesh and exposed concrete walls of this house, is semi interior space.

From ground courtyard level to roof garden level, several trees and flowers were planted vertically, on the canopy of main gate and on the balcony of upper floor and on the roof garden floor.

© Jong Oh Kim

Small but rich – Small area but rich space

The name of this house “So Da Hun” means “small house but the house of rich space”.
This project was a research about what is the rich spatial system in the minimum area of site.

Cite: "So Da Hun / IROJE KHM Architects" 29 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • up_today_arch

    Too much sistems on so small plot of land…

  • shetu

    A fancy building. Designer is bored with orthogonal lines. ugly elevations.

  • khubaibghazal

    I don`t think that much systems in a house is wrong, after all, residential buildings is much more demanding than a typical commercial or office building.

    Nice building, yet needs more refining in terms of proportions and aesthetics!

    You design a neat house, wiggle the lines a bit, and BAM!!! you have a cute house ?! what happened to design principles and architectural styles ?!

  • tDA

    A lot more visual interest and feeling of space than a building with this footprint would normally have. Nice.
    Could use some railings on that 3rd level though….


    mcdonalds play place lux style. but its nice but so is a dented gas barrel to sit on. i like it.

  • rouan

    Interior is hot, outside looks ghastly…the sort place I can see Nigerian drug lords squatting at. The inside is the complete opposite which helps.

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  • S

    impressive sections.

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