Tasked with designing a unique home on a UNESCO world heritage site in South Korea, Planning Korea drew up a "Cocoon House" complete with a green roof, a self-regulating central courtyard that mimics living organisms, and an open-air swimming pool overlooking the sea. The luxury condominium is designed as a mixed-use retreat that will be clad and finished with locally-sourced, environmentally-friendly materials.
Designed for a site in Gotjawal Village and just one part of the Jeju Airest City, an integrated residential and business resort, the Cocoon House features a central cocoon around which the rest of the house is organized. Given that South Korea experiences high temperatures and humidity, the circular side windows and skylights can be open and closed in order to regulate the internal temperature.
The rest of the house includes a conference room, a small atelier, a library, and a private gallery, in addition to living spaces, allowing the residents to combine both work and play in one building. A green roof provides insulation and manages rainwater runoff and rounds off the aesthetics of this unusual home slated for completion in 2015.
Via Arch Daily