studio_GAON: house of january, house on the demarcation
jan 20, 2013
studio_GAON: house of january, house on the demarcation



‘house of january, house on the demarcation’ by studio_GAON, jeonju, korea
image © youngchae park
all images courtesy of studio_GAON

 

 

 

the ‘house of january, house on the demarcation’ by korean practice studio_GAON, sits in a village called banwall on the outskirts of jeonju, one of the most calm and beautiful city of korea. with a pine forest on north and an orchard to south, the most peculiar aspect of the site is the graveyard to the west, which also defines the outermost boundary of the village. the home is erected on several overlapping of demarcation; between the dead and living; between various levels of ground; between the client’s old job and new beginning. in this position, the home is like a gate that transcends the physical and spiritual boundaries, embracing a peaceful and unrestricted life like a character in a forgotten story book.

 


walk through
video © minjung choi

 

 

 

comprised of two structures, the brick-clad construct contains the recreational and leisure activities, and faces slightly east towards the ‘moak mountain.’ the other edifice, a wrapped in vertical wood planks, defines the domestic functions of life and faces due south. the independent structures create a madang, or empty space, in between them, and has no definite shape of its own. it works both as a buffer and also as an active division simultaneously, it is a feature that has meaning only because it is not filled. the ‘maru’ (korean terrace) that faces this madang is a distinctive spatial element that is neither inside nor outside, a demarcation between interior and exterior. the name therefore derives from this distinction of borders, as the month of january is the threshold between one chapter in time and the next. a korean poet once cried, ‘on each and every boundary, the flowers abound generously.’


east elevation
image © youngchae park 


image © youngchae park 


south elevation and entry road
image © youngchae park 


west elevation and madang
image © youngchae park


surrounded by fields on each side
image © youngchae park 


image © youngchae park


image © youngchae park


image © youngchae park


image © youngchae park


exterior deck connects both structures
image © youngchae park 


entry stairs
image © youngchae park


image © youngchae park


living room
image © youngchae park


stairs
image © youngchae park


bedroom


bridge and upper space of living room


living room (view from the bridge)

 


site plan 


floor plan / level 0 


floor plan / level 1 


section


section 


section 


section


elevation 


elevation 


elevation


elevation


watercolor


watercolor

 

 

project info: 

architect: hyoungnam lim, eunjoo roh in studio_gaon
project team: sangwoo yi, minjung choi, sungpil lee, seongwon son, miso kim, haelee jung
photographs: youngchae park
location: banwall-dong, deokjin-gu, jeonju-si, jeonbuk, korea
use: house
site area: 747㎡
building area: 126.26㎡
gross floor area: 194.59㎡
building scope: 2f
building-to-land ratio: 16.9%
floor area ratio: 26.05%
structure: lightweight wood-frame construction
finish: red pine, red brick
roof: zinc
supervision: studio_gaon
design period: 2011.08 – 2012.04
construction period: 2012.05 – 2012.09

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