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Natural Japanese Cedar-Wrapped Louver Haus Keeps its Cool in South Korea
Located in a dense metropolis of South Korea, the 400 square meter complex has six south-facing apartments and another open plan apartment that faces north. These are all organized around a concrete staircase with interesting vertical cables that lead to skylights punched into the roof. The latter intervention ensures plenty of natural lighting.
The louvers mitigate solar gain and create a sense of intimacy in an otherwise packed neighborhood, which in turn helps to increase the building’s overall energy efficiency. But they also have a cosmetic aspect as they allow for a certain amount of aesthetic flexibility. Shutters open and close, disguising hidden windows and even a couple of balconies, so residents can control how much air and light enters the interior.
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