it took a total of six years in development and construction to complete ‘deep house (house with deep wall)’, a residence situated at the foot of a nature trail that leads up to bukansan mountain in south korea. one of the first challenges that the architects faced was to establish a contemporary and functional residence on uneven terrain and secondly, to come up with innovative solutions to accommodate the daily lives’ of the elderly client and the family.

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conceived by poly.m.ur architecture + urbanism which is led by architect homin kim, the most striking feature of deep house is its roof; slanted at an angle, which streamlines the walls as a single entity. by opting against conventional use of the concept of roof and eaves and adopting exterior stone louvers, the volume of the residence is dispersed in shallow depths throughout. as a result, hollow space created underneath the slanted roof and the vertical walls serves as a layer of insulation, improving the energy efficiency and extra storage space.

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feng shui strategies were applied to the interior of the home. the rooms themselves and the size of corner windows were strategically planned out to offer the best views of the outside mountain scenery, while minimizing cold draft during the winter. additionally, micro spaces are present, where even the corner window space are taking advantage of and used as functional space that is not separated by any physical boundary of walls.

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‘homin kim took away an unexpected benefit of learning that certain spaces deemed insignificant can have exaggerated impact when applied with increased scale. it was fortunate to start with spacious property allowing plenty of floor area ratio, and he hopes that deep house stands as an inspiration of a new type of residential home in korea.’  – poly.m.ur

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