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  7. Crevice House / ThEPlus Architects

Crevice House / ThEPlus Architects

  • 22:00 - 26 September, 2017
Crevice House / ThEPlus Architects
Crevice House  / ThEPlus Architects, © In Keun Ryoo
© In Keun Ryoo

© In Keun Ryoo © In Keun Ryoo © In Keun Ryoo © In Keun Ryoo + 45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea
  • Lead Architects

    Hanjun Cho
  • Design Team

    Dowon Seo, Hyunwoo Lee, Namhi Kwun
  • Area

    133.92 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

  • Constructor

    Moowon Construction
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Sunhwa engineering
  • Electronic Engineer

    Sunhwa engineering
  • Structural Engineer

    Hangil engineering
  • Cvil Engineer

    Cee&c engineering
  • Client

    Private
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© In Keun Ryoo
© In Keun Ryoo

‘Crevice’- a small piece of land in a big city- is a new chance. It is, a thread of light infiltrating into a small gap. It is a little house built on 56.2㎡ size of land. The deformed geographic figure makes the land look even smaller. However, the dwelling family and their lifestyle are never so small compared to the geographic size. The mission was a single-family house with a workshop in the basement. Young married couple with one little daughter chose this land adjacent to an elementary school. The size of land may not large, but the plan of uses are plenty.

© In Keun Ryoo
© In Keun Ryoo
Urban Context
Urban Context
© In Keun Ryoo
© In Keun Ryoo

The couple could not leave Seoul (the capital city of South Korea) due to their occupational and nurturing reasons. Therefore, their choice was to build a dwelling on a piece of land in the suburbs, free from restraints in social activities and child care. This way, they decided to build ‘their’ house for the first time ever.

© In Keun Ryoo
© In Keun Ryoo

I named the project: ‘CREVICE’- A small land amid a big city. Physically, the word means ’a small, narrow crack or space’ (Cambridge Dictionary), but it can also be used as an ’opportunity’ or ‘spare time’. My definition of the word is the ‘Light Gap’ open to a bright thread of light.

Floor Plans
Floor Plans

After launching the concept, ‘Crevice’ became the title theme of the entire plan. I intended to avoid the small space from looking confined, through the shape of the windows, the method of lighting, and the sense of connectivity between floors. From where I stand, I wanted the dwellers to be able to recognize the movements at the floors above and below and maintain a visual connection.

© In Keun Ryoo
© In Keun Ryoo

The inside was planned to use ‘skip-floor’: a structure with divisions from the landing on one side. The small inner part features spaciousness, thanks to the ‘crevice’ between the floors. Most of the small suburban areas have narrow roads. In this case, the road facing the planned site is 6 meters wide. Thus, there could be embarrassing risks in privacy through front windows of houses across the road.

Perspective Section
Perspective Section

Hence, the house is designed to receive suns through the window at the southern corner, and all remaining windows are placed to secure privacy from neighboring buildings as much as possible. The configuration of all the programs is in vertical. Nearly every movement between spaces require the use of stairs which initially to segment the spaces that are being frequently used and those are not in order to efficiently compose the program.

© In Keun Ryoo
© In Keun Ryoo

Building houses in suburb area do face many challenges. Trace of a not well-maintained area and the physical environment cause troubles during the construction. Nevertheless, caring the little emotion and impression of the city may trigger to changes in the city landscape, even with a tiny piece of land.

© In Keun Ryoo
© In Keun Ryoo

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Cite: "Crevice House / ThEPlus Architects" 26 Sep 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/880382/crevice-house-theplus-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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