IROJE KHM completed Kyeong Dok Jai, a sculptural home that uses strategic solar orientation, greenery, and an “eco-screen” to optimize solar conditions in South Korea. Instead of using rectangular rooms, the architects created wedge-shaped spaces to make the most of southern sunlight and bring natural light deep into the home. Despite Kyeong Dok Jai’s contemporary appearance, elements of the design are grounded in traditional Korean architecture.
Located on a highly visible corner site at the junction of two roads, the Kyeong Dok Jai house draws the eye with its beautiful asymmetric screen that wraps around the building like a white veil. The architects call the front facade an “eco-screen” that’s made of white aluminum pipes and helps mitigate solar heat gain and provides a noise buffer, privacy, and security. The pipe-screen’s curvaceous shape was inspired by Korean-style “cheoma” eaves, while the perforated concrete fence is a nod to the traditional stone fence.
The home interior is split into four levels and a roof, all of which are organized along the south axis and divided into three wedge-shaped spaces. “All the program 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,” write the architects. Garden space and greenery are woven throughout the home and bathed in natural light. Residents also have access to a garden on the roof.
Images via IROJE KHM, by Jong Oh Kim