In order to tackle Seoul's population density and lack of communal spaces, local studio Archihood WXY designed a housing complex where habitants act more like housemates than residents. The Gap House was designed as four buildings punctured with small openings and narrow terraces that encourage interaction and provide optimal sunlight and natural ventilation.
Reminiscent of SANNA’s Moriyama House, this residential block in Seoul brings a new lifestyle concept to a younger population more open to communal living and sharing common spaces such as living rooms, kitchens and dining areas. The block was designed to be space-efficient without compromising on the quality of lifestyle and daily routines. “The Gap House invites people who like to breath and enjoy peace of mind by escaping from their busy and complicated city life,” said the architects.
Linear balconies are placed deep inside each of the units to maintain optimal levels of privacy, while providing additional natural light. A U-shaped block on the ground floor houses commercial functions and a stairwell and wraps three sides of the central courtyard. A row of grey metal pilotti supports the opening on the fourth side of the building. Metal elements were combined with exposed concrete and pale timber flooring that runs throughout the buildings.
Photos by Woohyun Kang/Archihood WXY