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M+ / HAHN Design

  • 01:00 - 27 July, 2010
M+ / HAHN Design
M+ / HAHN Design, Courtesy of  hahn design + soo ok chai
Courtesy of hahn design + soo ok chai

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team

    HAHN Design (Hahn Joh/Deokjae Kim/Jinhyung Cho/Wonseok Kim/Sehee Lee) + NC Partners (Jongwon Seo)
  • Client

    Jeonghun Oh
  • Consultant

    NC Partners(Struct.), Doul Int. Eng.(MEP)
  • General Contractor

    Youngchun Construction
  • Site Area

    611.5 m2
  • Total Area

    1269.63 m2
  • Area

    345.97 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009

From the architect. M+ is a building located at the resonating border/liminal space where heterogeneous urban elements such as super-luxury residential skyscrapers, dilapidated low-rise housing, houses converted into offices, and offices that double as residences all collide and interact. M+ is a process of discovering the ever renewing relational possibility within this liminality. Like the primal vitality of the colossal black obelisk in the movie 2001:A Space Odyssey, M+ is also a process of unearthing hidden life forces in this urban desert, or like the forest spirits of the animation Princess Mononoke, it is a process of dematerialization as the awakened genius loci with so many tentacles dissolves the mass of urban concrete. Also, M+ strives to restore the relationship between nature and human beings that has been lost in the desolate urban environment. This is done by uncovering and pulling visual corridors for nature into the site.

As for the general functional program, I agonized over the 3D puzzle of creating 'a house with garden' within four-story space. This is because the most popular space in the neighborhood is the renovated residential office, namely a house with garden. I saw that a vertical "house with a garden" would provide more flexibility in accommodating various rental needs.

To make this 3D spatial organization possible, the usually forgotten (in terms of design) egress stair is peeled off from a core, and renewed as vertical open space with greenery, threading through various voids inside and outside the building This space includes the sunken garden, second floor courtyard, fourth floor terrace, and roof garden. Such a vertical garden creates new relationships among users as well as between users and the neighborhood, architecture and the city, and ultimately between people and nature. Also the corner of the building above the sunken garden is lifted to allow a new relationship between M+ and the surrounding urban setting at the corner, and even more importantly, between the private and public domains.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "M+ / HAHN Design" 27 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/70453/m-hahn-design/>
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19 Comments

Calvin · November 23, 2010

Too much complex.

jluke313 · July 30, 2010

to provide various types of rental configuration for office and breathing space for each space...

João · July 28, 2010

it's nice integrated to the context, but not a copy of it... really good interiors and a cool volume...

dashen · July 29, 2010 09:34 PM

what's the context of Seoul? Good interiors and cool volume indeed, but what's the purpose of complexity?

Gosia Kung, AIA · July 28, 2010

Urban infill http://fb.me/DhixL2lu

shetu · July 28, 2010

Didn't like at all.

Luis Bolaños · July 28, 2010

liked the complex geometry which enables to open different views: http://tinyurl.com/232utpn via @archdaily #architecture

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buddyjhs · July 28, 2010

I want to visit there.

Bertrand Portier · July 28, 2010

DEFINITLY GREAT

besterd · July 27, 2010

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