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

bang by min: H house, seoul

‘H house’ by bang by min, seoul, koreaimage © yoon joonhwanall 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 ofparameters 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 groundfloor commercial space. the property has a height difference of eight meters, which means that the first two stories are partially under groundand suffered dark damp conditions in the previously existing dwelling. the solution can be thought of as a small tower resting on a concrete plinthcontaining the garage and commercial space, a beauty shop called ‘miega.’ primarily supported by a concrete shear wall structure, stacked spacesof 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 previousissues with the subterranean levels, a sunken courtyard was created that also offers a private exterior area. various cuts and voids in the primarystructure 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 hangingmult-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 asanother place to escape company without actually leaving the residence.



retractable wooden screens close off certain volumesimage © designboomcourtesy yoon joonhwan



rear viewimage © yoon joonhwan



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



(left) entry stairs(right) entrance into second floorimage © yoon joonhwan



(left) entry courtyard(right) sunken entrance to the lower levelsimage © yoon joonhwan



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



inner courtyard illuminates all levelsimage © yoon joonhwan



exterior stairs to rooftop gardenimages © yoon joonhwan



rooftop gardenimage © yoon joonhwan



sunken courtyard to combat dark and damp subterranean spacesimage © yoon joonhwan



side entryimage © yoon joonhwan



living roomsimage © yoon joonhwan



large retractable walls partition spacesimage © yoon joonhwan



slightly varying levels suggest separated living areasimage © yoon joonhwan



image © yoon joonhwan



open screen exposing viewsimage © yoon joonhwan



closed screen for shade and privacyimage © yoon joonhwan



hanging wooden box as multi-use spaceimage © yoon joonhwan



living roomimage © yoon joonhwan



stairwellimage © yoon joonhwan



image © yoon joonhwan



bedroomimage © yoon joonhwan



bedroomimage © 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





















spatial distributionimage © designboomcourtesy bang by min






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spatial activity overlap

  • nice interiors & interesting spaces, but exterior feels a bit too much… too many elements perhaps

    twny says:
  • wonderful finishes, form looks inviting, the master bedroom block kinda looks like a whale. 😀

    hoseun says:
  • Love the interior!!!, just can’t help to think some of it, is a bit over the top…take the side entrance suspended stairs, does the stairs need to be suspended, am sure there sure there are cheaper ways that this could have being resolved. I guess when you have the finance all cards are on the table. beautiful project still

    Niyi says:

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