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bang by min: H house, seoul
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jan 16, 2013
bang by min: H house, seoul


‘H house’ by bang by min, seoul, korea
image © yoon joonhwan
all images courtesy of bang by min

 

 

the ‘H house’ in the valley of seongbuk-dong just north of seoul, and designed by korean practice bang by min, manages a rather complex set of
parameters in program and site to accommodate the owner’s specifications: it must be a house where three generations can live at the same time,
it must be very well ventilated and have plentiful amounts of day light especially in the basement and first level, and it must contain a ground
floor commercial space. the property has a height difference of eight meters, which means that the first two stories are partially under ground
and suffered dark damp conditions in the previously existing dwelling. the solution can be thought of as a small tower resting on a concrete plinth
containing the garage and commercial space, a beauty shop called ‘miega.’ primarily supported by a concrete shear wall structure, stacked spaces
of differing materials create semi-individual living areas. the second storey acts as the communal space, where three living rooms of various heights
create a natural separation for each of the nuclear families, connected or separated by retractable walls. overhanging volumes and deep eaves shade
the large west-facing windows, with wooden screens for privacy.

 

set in from the property edge, the dwelling allows views in all directions and therefore plenty of natural light and ventilation. in response to the previous
issues with the subterranean levels, a sunken courtyard was created that also offers a private exterior area. various cuts and voids in the primary
structure create moments for light to illuminate the interior, making all the programmatic elements feel airy and light. gardens and other embedded
courtyards add to this effect and create a strong relationship between the outside and inside. an atrium in the center of the project contains a hanging
mult-use area that exhibits a space within a space. the rooftop garden allows the users a view over the valley from the highest point, as well as
another place to escape company without actually leaving the residence.

 

 


retractable wooden screens close off certain volumes
image © designboom
courtesy yoon joonhwan

 

 


rear view
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


bird’s eye view over the garden and site
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


(left) entry stairs
(right) entrance into second floor

image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


(left) entry courtyard
(right) sunken entrance to the lower levels

image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


(left) stairs located within a wood-clad form
(right) rear side, translucent windows provide light and privacy

image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


inner courtyard illuminates all levels
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


exterior stairs to rooftop garden
images © yoon joonhwan

 

 


rooftop garden
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


sunken courtyard to combat dark and damp subterranean spaces
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


side entry
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


living rooms
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


large retractable walls partition spaces
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


slightly varying levels suggest separated living areas
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


open screen exposing views
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


closed screen for shade and privacy
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


hanging wooden box as multi-use space
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


living room
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


stairwell
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


bedroom
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


bedroom
image © yoon joonhwan

 

 

 


image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


image © yoon joonhwan

 

 


image © bang by min

 

 


image © bang by min

 

 


image © bang by min

 

 

 


site plan

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


floor plan / level 2

 

 


roof plan

 

 


floor plan / level -1

 

 


section

 

 


section

 

 


section

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 


spatial distribution
image © designboom
courtesy bang by min

 

 


model

 

 


circulation diagram

 

 


spatial activity overlap

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