Architects IROJE KHM revived the traditional language of South Korean architecture in this stunning GaOnJai Home. Working towards maximizing land use while adding some greenery, they built a grandiose home with an inner court typical of Korean architecture. The luscious central courtyard achieves the client’s dual needs for privacy and outdoor space, while lending a dynamic natural aesthetic to the overall program.
The GaOnJai Home was designed around a “Madang”, which is a traditional Korean inner court. The luscious outdoor space not only adds some living scenery but also creates a secluded, introverted space for the family to enjoy. Designed with many levels to adapt to the existing topography, the “Madang” allows inhabitants to stroll in and out of the house through various entrances.
A curved cantilevered roof or “Cheoma” protects the house from rough weather and interiors from excessive sunlight, while the oval patterned concrete wall is a modern take on traditional stonewalls. Grandiose, modern and yet traditional, we love this Korean home with its vibrant green core.
Photos by IROJE KHM