Buildings around the world are designed to look like features of nature, but not many are inspired by fictional animals. The Go Mir bed and breakfast, which opened last month in South Korea, is one of the few. The client’s surname is Go and ‘Mir’ means ‘dragon’ in Korean, so this building is aptly named “Go’s Dragon.” You’ll have to look closely to see the dragon represented in the building’s form, which angular and playful at the same time.
Why a dragon at all? The site is located just a short walk from a famous tourist site called Yongdoam (“dragon’s head”), which is a basalt formation that looks like, you guessed it, a dragon’s head.
This bizarro black and red construction holds the client’s bed and breakfast, with a cafe occupying part of the ground floor. The design team and client agreed that building up vertically was the way to go in this mundane neighborhood, thus securing a view of the sea and Mt. Halla.
Inside the building, all garish ideas of dragon-ness fall away. What remains is crisp, white linens, sparsely furnished rooms, and a cool sense of serenity. Go Mir is not a luxury getaway space, but rather a place for uninterrupted thought.
The building, which houses the cafe, bed and breakfast, and also a home for the client’s family, was built on a tight budget 600 million KRW, which converts to a little less than $600,000 USD. The architect says the constrictions were a challenge, but it seems they were able to incorporate all three desired functions into one space, and seamlessly so.
Images via Nam Goong Sun