Text description provided by the architects. This cute house is standing in middle of old house town in Seoul, south Korea. Despite the house contains highly compressive function, we tried not to lose the taste of life by adding some redundant spaces here and there.
In designing of a small house, it is usually considered that The Small house must be designed compressively as possible, so the spaces without function are discounted as wasting spaces too easily. But is function all in the house?
In this small project, we rather focused on the factors having no function. Because we wanted to pull up value of life in this house, and thought the value of life is not comes from the function but comes from the factors have no special function, such spaces like a small garden what is good to read, and an opened roof that make feel the weather inside, Etc
And paradoxically, the desire for the space with plentiful life make house more compressively. Because we could inject some flexibility to the spaces having no special function. A private front yard alters to the Parking lot by opening the gate.
In this house, the entrance is not a space for taking off the shoes only. We aimed an entrance that occurs various events. this spacious entrance extends to the garden.
Between skipped floor, there are stairs and a fountain connected from the step. Despite the fountain is not necessary factor in the house, we focused on the various occurrences that can be happened by the fountain. Giving a kitty a bath, washing camping equipment, and playing with water, etc.
To commune with nature, the space gets brighter by climbing up the stairs. That small opening on the wall is a door to the rooftop for kitties. That small house on rightward is the house used to be. People say “the house have grown!”