House in Hyojadong by Min Soh, Gusang Architectural Group and Kyoungtae Kim
"Today’s house feature is located at Hyoja-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea which is why it is called the House in Hyojadong. This is a three storey private home with an area of 194 square meters or 2088 square feet. The house clearly stands out from the rest of the homes in the neighborhood because of its lovely design. The homeowner made sure that a certain area of the house is allocated for natural landscaping. A courtyard is intimately enclosed in the U-shaped mass of the house. It has varying floor levels that divide the scale of the house and integrate it in the neighborhoods diverse designs.
The ground floor contains the living area, dining and kitchen. In the second floor, you can find the guest bedroom, family room and master bedroom. All these areas face the courtyard allowing them a good view of the outdoor landscaping especially that glass sliding partitions are used. Meanwhile, you can see a single studio space in the third floor area with access to two roof terraces. The front terrace provides views of the city while the back terrace opens to the mountains. Since the house is located along a busy street, only few windows were placed on the facade to add privacy to the home.
The exterior of the house uses salvaged brick which allows it to blend with the neighborhood and reflect the patterns seen in the Kyongbok Palace which is just near the home. The architecture of the house also uses recessed and protruding windows to add depth to home’s look. You have observed in the images above that the interior are of minimalist design using wood and paint. This house is designed by architects Min Soh, Gusang Architectural Group and Kyoungtae Kim."