Project: Yeoju Residence
Architect: YKH partner
Location: Yeoju-Gun, South Korea
Area: 3,842 sf
Photo by: Thanks to YKH Associates
Yeoju Residence by YKH Associates
The Yeoju Residence is a stunning modern residence located on an authentic hill spot in South Korea. This was designed by YKH partner and it has three levels, all of which make the best use of the features brought by the landscape location. The interior design is open because the layout allows, on the ground floor, while the upper floor contains a more private area.
This three-story retreat house is located in Yeoju, a suburb of Seoul, and is designed for scientists and CEOs of famous, successful companies. Large land area, but has a relatively small building area. This site is located on a hillside, surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery. Therefore, the owner mainly strives to have a more open and spacious living room / kitchen. The required program zone is set to become more private as you go further up: the family interactive zone on the 1st floor, with the private zone on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The design was initiated by juxtaposing all living spaces linearly in the east-west direction to get the amount good sunlight and the best view for each individual room.
Responding to owner requests, designs are developed with geometric compositions by utilizing two-dimensional walls and three-dimensional volumes to interact, accommodate, and be flexible; but ambiguous space blurs the boundaries of each area and to obtain a broader living environment. On the first floor, the outer deck is placed on the north and south sides of the living / dining area for a wider and interactive space. An interesting concept is introduced during the process. Instead of placing the garage room on the side of a marginal room with unobstructed views, the garage space is intervened into two separate zones: the living room area and the guest bedroom suite.
Thus, the garage space is one of the dominant spaces and corridors for experiencing river views. Sliding doors and pivots to close the garage can be opened for fantastic views when the area serves as a terrace and garden. The immaterial line interaction creates sectors and walls to distinguish space. This shifted from its original position and helped redefine living space. Walls intersecting axes expanded beyond their limits. The walls are stabbed to blur the boundary between the inner and outer space for a wide view, with a large and active living area. The lines of the wall continuously stretch to the other side and create a private garden for the family.
This basic architectural language is built in a vertical layer and is translated to fulfill functional use: The wall axes on the 1st floor become datum lines to attach and make volumes for private spaces on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The volume of the room is stacked on top of the long wall. On the 2nd floor, two bedrooms, living room and master bedroom are designed with their own private terraces. As is the case with the 1st floor living room, natural views are captured and projected into individual bedrooms to enhance site site superiority. The owner’s private library and spa are designed on the 3rd floor, with natural light drawn on the curved space to designate a quiet and fully private space for contemplation and tranquility.
Exterior material is wrapped in a special form of artificial limestone (Agglotech architectural terrazzo) which is protected from pollution and sunlight. Material for long walls on the 1st floor has the same material but different colors and textures. The use of exterior materials is minimized to emphasize spatial elements. For maintenance cost savings, a sustainable design is adapted not only by houses that have a grass roof facing south and outside the room, but also by using geothermal energy.