Seoul, Korea

Within contemporary Korean built environment we often experience enormous rigidity which is resulted by homogenous rectangular shape residences. Ironically ancient Koreans used to enjoy utilizing the shape of curvature derived from traditional Korea natural form such as mountains and streams.

Based on Korean precedent’s wisdom, various curvatures are introduced in initial design phase. Then they are interacted, overlapped and finally transformed into the final building form.  As a result it initiates to induce and stimulate the fundamental human nature – Curiosity.

In order to meet the needs of a contemporary Korean nuclear family, a fundamental principle, “Variation but continuity” is set up to make a home be more gathering and enjoyable place. Some ceiling mounted -furniture, operable wall and roof top with fish pond are adopted.

First, ceiling mounted furniture enables us to get rid of the necessity of a wall which always hinders us from attaining more room.  Ceiling hung system minimizes the spatial consumption and response to any of abandoned space due to no fixation - which is also true to digital environment.

Second, the operable wall is used in within the kitchen area where frequent interaction among family members is happening.

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To make the most use of this space, two solid walls based on railing are making various compositions according to purpose.  Normally they look like single solid wall where both of them are overlapped.
Third, as for the inventive milieu, a small pond is located on top of the kid’s room.  The pond is made of translucent glass tank which makes the kid be more exposed to outside nature not confined within tiny space.

Finally, the spatial continuity is conceived through previously mentioned three entities: curvature, media for inducing curiosities and variation in building configuration. Furthermore, for our community, the notion of continuity among individual building units is meaningful allowing more inviting places.