jeju island: the oval by planning korea breaks ground
jeju island: the oval by planning korea breaks ground jeju island: the oval by planning korea breaks ground
jun 03, 2013

jeju island: the oval by planning korea breaks ground

jeju island: ‘the oval’ by planning korea breaks ground

all images courtesy of planning korea




seoul-based architecture firm, planning korea, has revealed ‘the oval’, the last of their six maison-style condo designs for jeju airest city-berjaya jeju.

the concluding piece to this leisure development takes on the challenge of making the resident aware of the four seasons, experiencing them inside and out.

characterized by an oval-shaped atrium around which the rooms are organized, the house is infiltrated by the nature of the surrounding gotjawal forest.

trees planted in this central garden and on the upper terrace are visible from almost everywhere in the house. they frame views, while layering cultivated plants

over the UNESCO world heritage site. extensive glass walls open the living areas completely to views of the ocean, and natural surroundings.

in contrast, bedrooms are more private with limited views to the outdoors, and the master suite is isolated on the first floor. however, terraces on both levels

invite activity outside, especially upstairs where the extensive space is made for parties overlooking the water.


see designboom’s coverage of the other jeju airest city homes: moebius house, the objet, the cocoon house, the mineral, and the forest.




views from the roof overlook the east china sea




 the immateriality of the walls allow the first floor to float above, framing views that are minimally interrupted by vertical structure




 the curved stair wraps around the oval garden – the main focal point of the house




the ground floor terrace links living spaces to the outdoors




extensive transparent walls make the resident aware of the changing seasons




reflections in the glass walls blend one’s perception of indoors and outdoors




looking up out of the oval garden




sleeping and bathing areas of the house have more privacy with smaller openings to the outdoors




 at night the transparency of the house is legible from the outside




 the occupiable terrace on the upper floor is perfect for parties




ground floor plan – main entrance, kitchen, dining, living room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry, oval garden, and patio




first floor plan – master bedroom suite, home office, and terrace

  • its an ellipse, not an oval

    dbkii says:
  • Design and concept wise its good.
    But look too white. Similar to hospital feeling.

    nicky says:
  • Amazing design… But very white. Not even texture… I’d working with more wood & steel than glass…

    Ebenezer says:

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