REX Architecture has been featured on Inhabitat numerous times, but their latest R6 project - a daylit boutique residential tower designed to shelter short-term business people, young urban professionals, and foreign residents - may well be their most ambitious yet. Slated for construction in South Korea's Yongsan International Business District by 2016, this groundbreaking tower will feature small units that range from 40 to 60 square meters and cater specifically to transient occupants. Mitigating the usual cramped and dark nature of rooms in similar towers, REX has pulled layers of R6 in opposing directions, stretching the rooms to ensure that they each receive plenty of daylighting and cross-ventilation.
The 1,240,000 square foot tower is a concrete-encased steel mega-braced organized around a central courtyard that emphasizes community. The brace supports a shelf-like matrix of walls and floor slabs that define each unit. A wooden shell containing a bathroom on one side and a kitchen on another is inserted into the shelf. A moveable wall, comprised of a bed, nightstands, couch, tv mount, lights and storage, shifts within the unit to create a bedroom or living room.
A high-performance façade composed of frameless IGUs emphasizes the exterior views and interior black-out and shade rollers control sunlight and glare. Meanwhile, the interior façade, which is also composed of frameless IGUs and equipped with black-out and shade roller blinds—provides spatial relief and a sense of community. This is further enhanced by mini-pods that extend from the building toward the courtyard.
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