NL architects: gapyong space invader
NL architects: gapyong space invader NL architects: gapyong space invader
may 20, 2011

NL architects: gapyong space invader

‘gapyong space invader’ by NL architects in korea all images courtesy NL architects

working in collaboration with yo2, amsterdam-based NL architects have won the competition for a residential development in the area of gapyong, korea. located northeast of seoul, the design seeks to redefine the typical tower block by arranging the apartment units in a ziggurat formation with abundant outdoor space for the inhabitants.

general view

the sloping site is broken up into a multitude of ‘height lines’ which are being developed by different architects. NL architects has proposed a design for the steepest part of the plot which is surrounding by a forest and overlooks a nearby valley and the north han river. the design consists of a repeated two-storey structure which stacks two units on top of one another: a single storey bungalow rests on the ground level with a two-storey apartment on top. clustered in groups of four, a ‘block’ is made and arranged in a cascading sequence.

the individual units are separated by a narrow patio or green alleyway. outdoor terraces are generated with the stepped-back form and provides a space for the inhabitants to grow their own gardens.



outdoor terraces

site model

map of different architects and their plot

site plan

floor plan



rendered section of unit

longitudinal section


process diagram

schematic diagram

uses of terraces

project info:

client: kolon EC masterplan: yo2 – young joon kim

team: yo2 (young joon kim), MSA (marina stankovic and tobias jortzick), CAT (kazuhiro kojima), unsangdong (joon gyo jang), FOA (alejandro zaera-polo)

NL architects: pieter bannenberg, walter van dijk, kamiel klaasse design team: kirsten husig, bobby de graaf

  • Is is low-income housing? Incarceration for white-collar criminals? What a state agency or a developer specified. Uniformity tends to be so much cheaper.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • I like the concept, but it won’t satisfy the desire of the inhabitants to distinguish themselves. maybe thats a good thing.

    kiss says:

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