Ga On Jai by IROJE KHM Architects

About 20 years ago, government held “the house expo” in GangNam and constructed this “expo town” of low-rise residences, and every site of this town were designed by selected architects who had been famous in Korea at that time. The site of “GaOnJai” was one of this monumental town, but the owner of this house who purchased house of this site, has built, newly, after tearing down the old house of this site.

By introducing “Madang” which is Korean inner court, IROJE KHM Architects solved the requirement of introvert space, ecological environment, useful outdoor space and have got the nature which has healthy, live environment and landscape.

By introducing “Ru” which is Korean-pilotied architecture, was absorbed the dynamic and picturesque landscape of near mountain, according to turn the axis of mass of living room to top of the surrounding mountain. Void space under “Ru” is the beginning of approach part of dramatic sequence of strolling course in spaces of this house, like cave.

By introducing curved “Cheoma” which is cantilevered roof of Korea for the floating roof of this house, was got, not only the resistance to rough weather condition, but also, to revive the traditional language of architecture in translated language in modern. By introducing oval patterned concrete wall which was derived from traditional stone wall, they expected it would be reminder of past.

By adapting topography of existing site, lower Madang, higher Madang, various skip-floored inner spaces were designed as different level each other and they produced interesting route of stroll in every place of this house. This natural adaptation to nature has been basic character of Korean culture of architecture.

All the programs of spaces of this house were laid out as the touring course that has dramatic interest of “strolling” through the inside and outside of this house, visually and spatially. Thereby we expect the living in this house will not be tired for long time by giving enjoy of strolling in their own world.

Images // Jong Oh Kim, Sergio Pirrone, Jeong Sik Mun