This micro-housing building in Seoul maximizes its floor area by taking a cue from the ambiguous gel that envelops a tapioca pearl. SsD Architecture wanted to create a new housing type that has high social value by including semi-public circulation, balconies and visual extensions. Underneath the residential floors wrapped in a porous metal skin, pedestrians can access a multi-functional stepped micro-auditorium and several exhibition spaces.
The architects created soft intersections between public and private spaces and social fabrics between neighbors. This design attitude separates the concepts of space and size, proving that micro-living doesn’t have to be spatially restrictive.
Thanks to the dynamic and flexible design, fourteen unit blocks allow residents to either claim a single unit or combine spaces into larger configurations. This provides an opportunity to inhabit the space longer, regardless of the changing requirements.
The ground floor pulls pedestrian traffic from the street and allows the public to interact with the building. A micro-auditorium and exhibition spaces provide function as venues for different activities and events. These are connected to residential units via a shared living room.