seoul-based architect moon hoon has completed a three-storey home on south korea’s jeju island. the dwelling comprises a series of stacked concrete volumes that have been rotated in order to create verandas that overlook the natural basalt-filled landscape. the appearance of ‘simple house’ is further informed by the strong winds common to the island, with a web of angled support structures used to secure the building’s precarious form.

moon hoon simple house
all images by namgoong sun



drawing from the region’s vernacular architecture, moon hoon’s original concept involved partially submerging the low-lying residence below grade with an atrium rising through the center of the scheme. however, this particular scheme was abandoned due to a ‘sudden mood change’ from the client who required a property that was more ‘showy’ and ‘extravagant’. considered ‘the complete antithesis’ of the first design, the re-imagined house includes a series of stacked structures that lend the project a more imposing quality.

moon hoon simple house
the dwelling comprises a series of stacked concrete volumes



a ground floor bedroom is joined by a playroom as well laundry and storage facilities. from here, a centrally positioned staircase, which even accommodates a library, connects each level of the home. the intermediate storey includes the property’s primary living space with a kitchen, lounge, and exterior dining area, while the upper level contains the master bedroom and a terrace with an outdoor hot tub. a roof deck offers additional external space for barbecues and other events.

moon hoon simple house
a web of angled supports is used to secure the building’s precarious form

moon hoon simple house
a centrally positioned staircase connects each level of the home

moon hoon simple house
the stairwell even accommodates a library

moon hoon simple house
a variety of verandas overlook the home’s natural surroundings

moon hoon simple house
the stacked structures lend the project an imposing quality

moon hoon simple house
the theatrical three-storey home is located on south korea’s jeju island




project info:


name: simple house
architect: moonbalsso (moon hoon)
design team: kim jaekwan, kim haeree, park jeonguk, song giwon, tomasz kisilewicz
location: 68, wolsannam 2-gil, jeju-si, jeju-do, korea
program: house
site area: 714 sqm
building area: 133.48 sqm
gross floor area: 206.40 sqm
building scope: 3 floors
car parking: 2
height: 11.05m
building to land ratio: 18.70%
floor area ratio: 28.90%
structure: reinforced concrete
exterior finishing: exposed concrete
client: JJ










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