in korea, IROJE KHM architects has built a distinctive all-white residence in a developing area of incheon, the country’s third largest city. named ‘flying house’, and located close to incheon’s airport, the dwelling has aptly been designed for a young pilot and his family. the theme of aviation has been directly applied to the building’s architecture, with soaring roof canopies and dramatically ascending elevations.

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all images by sergio pirrone

 

 

IROJE KHM, a seoul-based firm led by hyoman kim, sought to redefine traditional notions of korean architecture with a completely contemporary residential program. enclosed behind tall white walls, the dwelling is organized around a centrally positioned courtyard. from here, stairways lead over the roof of the structure, creating a climbable landscape that enables secluded outdoor living.

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the theme of aviation has been directly applied to the building’s architecture

 

 

surrounding the courtyard at ground level, the entrance opens to a sunken living room, which in turn, leads to the home’s kitchen and dining areas. opposite the lounge, a wide staircase that doubles as an additional seating area ascends to the second storey, which includes the master bedroom, bathroom, and study. this level also includes the ‘rumaru’, an elevated pavilion that calmly surveys its surroundings. the uppermost storey contains two smaller bedrooms for the family’s children.

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the dwelling is organized around a centrally positioned courtyard 

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the internal landscape enables secluded outdoor living

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the ‘rumaru’ is an elevated pavilion that calmly surveys its surroundings

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stairways and grassy paths lead over the roof of the structure

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large openings ensure that natural light reaches each part of the property

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the entrance opens to a sunken living room

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the bathroom includes a concrete tub and a small tree

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named ‘flying house’ the building is located close to incheon’s airport

 

 

project info:

 

location: gyeongseo-dong, seo-gu, incheon, south korea
use: residence
site area: 291.80 sqm
building area: 137.29 sqm
total floor area: 194.77 sqm
structure: reinforced concrete
completed: 2016
materials: dry-vit system, painted aluminum sheet
architect: hyoman kim — IROJE KHM architects
team: jiyeon kim
photography: sergio pirrone

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