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Pixel House / Mass Studies and Slade Architecture

  • Architects: Mass Studies and Slade Architecture
  • Location: Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architects:  Mass Studies and Slade Architecture
  • Slade Architecture Project Team: James Slade, Illya Korolev, Oliver Spreckelsen
  • Mass Studies Project Team: Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park, Joungwon Lee, Soonbok Choi, Junkoo Kang, Sungpil Won
  • Structural Engineer:  Youngho Lee
  • Mep Engineer:  Samjung Engineers, Jinsan Engineers
  • Construction:  Hanwool Construction
  • Client: Younghyo Jin, Sookhee Chan
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2003
  • Photographs: Yong-Kwan Kim

© Yong-Kwan Kim © Yong-Kwan Kim © Yong-Kwan Kim © Yong-Kwan Kim

From the architect. The Pixel House designed by Mass Studies in collaboration with Slade Architecture in Gyeonggido, Korea, thoughtfully incorporated the needs of their client, a young family of four.  There is a vagueness between public and private space, landscaping and building, which was the intention of both the client and architects.

© Yong-Kwan Kim
© Yong-Kwan Kim

We chose to break the row into fragments rather than just extending the "wall" of houses to the end of the site, by placing the main house at the western end of the site. This allows a bleeding between the front and back spaces and creates an outdoor space open to the street within the depth of the row house.

© Yong-Kwan Kim
© Yong-Kwan Kim

At a micro scale this tension between the contoured natural condition and the orthogonal master plan condition is further developed in the choice of materials. By using a simple orthogonal brick, in an orthogonal order and allowing the bricks to slide out of plane to create the curved wall, the tension between orthogonal and contoured form is revealed. This tectonic tension is parallel to the tension that exists between the building and the row of houses adjacent to it and between the master plan massing and the hilly landscape.

© Yong-Kwan Kim
© Yong-Kwan Kim
Cite:"Pixel House / Mass Studies and Slade Architecture" 22 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>