traditional wooden hanok roof frame tops nomal's renovated restaurant in korea

traditional wooden hanok roof frame tops nomal's renovated restaurant in korea

NOMAL’s Joomak revitalizes abandoned house in Palbok-dong

 

NOMAL studio’s project, Joomak, revitalizes the landscape of Palbok-dong in Jeonju, Korea, addressing the challenges of neglected industrial zones and structures. The once-thriving industrial area faced a decline during the 1990s, resulting in abandoned factories and neglected spaces. The project is part of the ‘MBC Empty House 3’ initiative that aims to regenerate four old disused houses in Palbok-dong. The design transforms one of the old structures into a modern restaurant, incorporating elements of traditional hanok architecture and a spatial layout resembling a Joomak, a term for a traditional Korean tavern.

traditional wooden hanok roof frame tops nomal's renovated restaurant in korea
all images by © Roh Kyung

 

 

renovation project preserves existing structural elements

 

The design team at NOMAL prioritizes the preservation of the building’s historical integrity, emphasizing existing structural elements and traces integral to the town’s long-standing village landscape. For the hanok, a meticulous process involves the removal of the roof to prevent structural collapse. The deteriorated wood structure undergoes reinforcement by enveloping the lower section with metal and infilling it with concrete. To meet contemporary load requirements and enhance roof performance, modern materials are employed in place of traditional roof tiles.

traditional wooden hanok roof frame tops nomal's renovated restaurant in korea
the project transforms an old structure into a modern restaurant, integrating traditional hanok elements

 

 

open layout blurs the boundaries between inside and outside

 

The project is centered around the concept of openness. Various design elements intentionally blur the distinction between indoor and outdoor spaces, creating a symbolic representation of an external environment within the interior. Utilizing metal for exterior walls and extending it to the kitchen and main hall, along with an opening directly connecting the roof frame with the interior ceiling, conveys the internal hall as a symbolic external space akin to a traditional joomak. Additionally, floor-to-ceiling windows facing the landscape further dissolve the delineation between the inside and outside, ensuring a visually open atmosphere within the relatively narrow space. The conversion of the adjacent vacant lot into a green patio enhances the ‘Joomak’s’ front yard prominence. This project initiates the process of revitalizing Palbok-dong through urban regeneration.

traditional wooden hanok roof frame tops nomal's renovated restaurant in korea
NOMAL preserves the building’s historical integrity and existing structural elements

traditional wooden hanok roof frame tops nomal's renovated restaurant in korea
deteriorated wood structure is reinforced, enveloping the lower part with metal and infilling it with concrete

traditional wooden hanok roof frame tops nomal's renovated restaurant in korea
the project’s core concept revolves around openness, blurring lines between indoor and outdoor spaces

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floor-to-ceiling windows facing the landscape dissolve the boundary between inside and outside

traditional wooden hanok roof frame tops nomal's renovated restaurant in korea
contemporary Joomak design embodies a blend of tradition and modernity

traditional wooden hanok roof frame tops nomal's renovated restaurant in korea
modern materials replace traditional roof tiles for contemporary load requirements and enhanced performance

traditional wooden hanok roof frame tops nomal's renovated restaurant in korea
the conversion of an adjacent vacant lot into a patio enhances the ‘Joomak’s’ front yard prominence

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project info:

 

name: Joomak
architect: NOMAL 

design team: Minyuk Chai, Bokki Lee, Seyeon Cho, Eungyo Lee

location: Jeonju, Korea

photography: Roh Kyung | @rohspace

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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