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Sinjinmal Building / studio GAON

  • 01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Sinjinmal Building / studio GAON
Sinjinmal Building / studio GAON, © Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park + 38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gajwa-dong, Seo-gu, Incheon, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh
  • Design Team

    Minjung Choi, Sangwoo Yi, Seongwon Son, Sungpil Lee, Hanmoe Lee, Haelee Jung, Joowon Moon
  • Area

    217.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

  • Construction

    Yeziin Construction
  • Site Area

    294㎡
  • Building Area

    110.70㎡
  • Translation

    Joowon Moon
  • Building-to-Land Ratio

    37.7%
  • Floor Area Ratio

    73.8%
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© Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park

Text description provided by the architects. At this time when industrial society changes to cultural era, we started this project to turn on the cultural switch by building a building, just as putting a book in a empty shelf. Driving along Gyeongin Expressway to go through Gajwa Interchange, you will meet Gajwa-dong, a town in Incheon, South Korea. This town took sea in the old days.

Site Plan
Site Plan

There are lots of lands reclaimed from the sea. But imagining the sea around this area seems almost impossible. We barely believed by seeing a faded photograph with the sea. In this day, roads full of high speed vehicles are surrounding this land. Instead of sea, cars are surging to enclose this land.

In this block, lumber mills, subway construction site and factories are lining the street, while apartments are surrounding the area. Grain of the town couldn't be found, just as a man with his fingerprints fainted by rough years he had.

© Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park

Actually, this whole block was possessed by a historic family. And there is a age-long Korean traditional house keeping their spirit. This tile-roofed house was built in pine trees from Baekdusan in the late 17th century to endure 400 years. This old house was not like a stuffed specimen in a museum, but alive to put every single trace of life and changes for a long time.

© Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park

The young owner, who was very gentle and tall, was running a restaurant in this land. Lately he measured the boundary of the land, since the owner of the neighbor's land changed. It transpired that the land that he knew as the neighbor's land was actually his land. This narrow land was 4 meter wide and 20 meter long.

Elevation
Elevation

He wanted to build a building in this land. There was a new delivery service company in his neighborhood, and he wanted to make a boundary. The site was a land which suddenly came out without any specific program, without any context. We suggested fixing a book in.

© Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park

Just like a farmer cultivating a wasteland, who decided, "Well, let's first plant a tree", we also decided to fix a book to find and build a context of this town.

Site Plan
Site Plan

The shape of the land was so simple, and the program was 'nothing'. It could be the most wanted situation for an architect to have freedom to design. But in the event, it was quite embarrassing to stagger.

First of all, we built this building long and divided the floors. Since the south side of the building was attached to neighborhood, we actively blocked that side, while opening the north side to face the land of the family and new residential areas.

© Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park

Also the zigzag stairs with strong presence were installed on the west side of the building, facing the 400-year-old Korean traditional house. This was homage of a faltering stairs in Sigyeongjeong Pavilion in Gwangju, Jeonllanam-do, which was so impressive that we wanted to try it sometime.

© Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park

The exterior was finished in exposed concrete with wood grain. We first considered using a traditional material like the old house behind, but the material to capture the flow of time seemed better.

© Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park

Actually, the best material of architecture is time. Any building with ugly concept or shape can be covered and acclimatized in front of the power of time. This land as well as the building will be filled with time. The only work to do was to find a material to coordinate. The interior was also finished with cement blocks. The whole building was finished consistently in calm gray.

Section
Section

We think the biggest characteristic of Korean architecture is 'dynamics' by reiteration of spaces to induce dozens of layers and movements. To suggest the dynamics, we made the floor slab of the 3rd floor like stairs. This space will be used as a public area such as a seminar room. Also, we installed a huge glass door which can be raised toward the old Korean house on the west.

© Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park

The stairs on the north side crossing the curtain wall was painted in gaudy red. That line is suggesting past time, present, and future alterations.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Sinjinmal Building / studio GAON" 18 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/516717/sinjinmal-building-studio-gaon/> ISSN 0719-8884