moon hoon's angular concrete dwelling in korea resembles a glaring owl
 

moon hoon's angular concrete dwelling in korea resembles a glaring owl

 

in the south korean port city of busan, architect moon hoon has completed a four-storey house that resembles a perched owl. completed for a client who works in the security industry, the imposing concrete dwelling takes on a defensive and protective appearance with carefully positioned apertures providing external views out, while simultaneously ensuring residential privacy.

moon hoon owl house
all images by shin kyungsub

 

 

after seeing the distinct style and original approach of moon hoon’s artistic work, the client requested a house for his family that also included a series of fun spaces for his young child. while the uppermost storey resembles the owl’s head, the circulation space and staircase forms the bird’s wing. at night, the light from within the home illuminates the windows, forming two glaring eyes that overlook the neighborhood.

moon hoon owl house
the house is located in the south korean port city of busan

 

 

the ground floor contains some commercial space as well as provision for car parking. the majority of the living accommodation is found on the level above, with a lounge, a small kitchen, and dining facilities. the third storey includes an outdoor terrace alongside a communal family room and a larger kitchen. the family’s sleeping accommodation is found at the uppermost storey.

moon hoon owl house
the four-storey dweeling resembles a perched owl

 

 

sometimes, admirers of my paintings commission me for an architectural project,’ explains moon hoon. ‘I, as an architect, am greatly pleased to have them as my clients because they usually have very strong personalities and an open-minded taste for new things. in addition, many of them are young people who want a special space for their children, and this helps in the creation of a house full of quirks and fun.’

moon hoon owl house
the circulation space and staircase forms the bird’s ‘wing’

moon hoon owl house
carefully positioned apertures provide external views out

moon hoon owl house
the majority of the home’s living accommodation is found at the second level

moon hoon owl house
a series of fun spaces have been designed for the client’s young son

moon hoon owl house
the child’s room is found at the uppermost storey

moon hoon owl house
an elevated garden is included as part of the scheme

moon hoon owl house
the imposing concrete dwelling takes on a defensive and protective appearance 

moon hoon owl house
the client commissioned moon hoon after seeing the distinct style of his artistic work

 

 

project info:

 

architect: moonbalsso (moon hoon)
design team: kim sookhee, park jeonguk, park hyeongjae, kim haeree, kang changsu
location: 687-11 mojeon-ri jeonggwan-eup gijang-gun, busan, korea
program: house + commercial
site area: 194.8 sqm
building area: 116.2 sqm
gross floor area: 286.42 sqm
building scope: 4 floors
parking: 4
height: 16m
building to land ratio: 59.65%
floor area ratio: 147.03%
structure: RC
exterior finishing: exposed concrete
client: gwon taekjun

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