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  4. South Korea
  5. desi_architects
  6. 2015
  7. Sikmul / desi_architects

Refurbishment in Architecture

presented by the MINI Clubman

Sikmul / desi_architects

  • 20:00 - 18 February, 2016
Sikmul / desi_architects
Sikmul / desi_architects, © 
Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song
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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song

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Text description provided by the architects. Seoul based studio desi_architects has created an art space/café bar by joining and renovating four aging traditional Korean houses in the heart of Seoul, South Korea.

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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song
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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song

Jongno district has been the center of Seoul for over 600 years. It plays an important role as home to number of cultural, educational and political institutions. It is also a neighborhood which has not yet been completely dominated by modern high-rise buildings, as is the case in many other parts of the city.

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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song
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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song

Jongno is full of tiny, picturesque alleys and traditional Korean houses – hanoks. This makes it a great place for Seoulites to find an oasis of peace and quiet in the crowded bustling capital.

Unfortunately, many hanoks in the area have not been inhabited for years. Without maintenence, these historical buildings are slowly falling into disrepair.

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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song
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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song

desi_architects has completed a project in which four adjacent hanoks were converted into one mutli- purpose space called ‘Sikmul’, which gives a contemporary twist to the character and atmosphere of traditional Korean architecture and breathes new life into the area. Now Sikmul is a vivid open art space and café bar that plays host to numerous cultural events and offers a unique gathering spot in Seoul.

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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song
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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song

The conversion of the decrepit hanoks into a modern art space was a multi-step process. First, some of the walls were torn down in order to join the buildings and create a wider space.

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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song
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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song

The roof was then completely removed and replaced with transparent glass, which allowed for natural light and additional volume. Individual roof tiles were reused to construct new walls for an original look that preserved the warm aura of the old traditional buildings.

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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song
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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song

The main façade of the building was constructed with plexiglass. The remains of old walls, however, were preserved inside and after dusk, when the interior lights are turned on, their silhouette can be seen from the outside. This effect simultaneously projects a picture of both the past and present appearance of the building.

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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song
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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song

The elevated seating area on one side of the building is opened to the street, allowing guests to enjoy an outdoor atmosphere and a feeling of openness and connection with the surrounding neighborhood.

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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song
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Worlderful Photography / Yousub Song

Through the Sikmul project, the desi_architects team wanted to produce a space that would benefit the area with original design which remains fresh and innovative without negating the charm and beauty of traditional Korean architecture.

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