JHW IROJE architects & planners

Forest and House

Ha-ri, Sunchang-gun, South Korea, 2016
31. January 2018
Glass House (Yeoyeodang), one of five buildings that make up Forest and House (Photo: Yong-kwan Kim)
The Second Life: The client, who is a professor and an engineer, is facing retirement in three years time. He wants to prepare for this second life, where he will enjoy the surrounding environment in a nature-friendly home.
Project: Forest and House, 2016
Location: 45-13, Ha-ri, Sunchang-gun, Jeollanam-do, Korea
Architect: JHW IROJE architects (Jung, Hyo-won)
Principal: Hyo-won Jung
Design Team: Jung-min Lee, Jo Hyunwoo
Structural Engineer: Seoul Structural Engineering & Consulting Co.,Ltd
Construction: Youngchang Construction
Mechanical Engineer: Kwanduk mec
Electrical Engineer: Woolim electronical engineering & consulting
Lighting Engineer: Newlite Architectural Lighting Design & Imports
Site Area: 3,306 m2
Gross Floor Area: 1,217 m2
Model (Photo: JHW IROJE)
The Yard-less House
A house is built on a small mountain, land borrowed from Mother Nature. The trees are carefully dug up in order to set the house's foundations. Because the lot is borrowed from nature, the creation of a yard for human pleasure was felt to be unnecessary. There is only a small path leading towards the entrance. As there is no yard, the entire surrounding environment-where one lays his/her eyes becomes the yard.
Plan (Drawing: JHW IROJE)
Scattered Rooms
Each room is widely scattered and placed on the edge of the site. The shell shaped rooms seem to occupy the site at its widest reaches, but they actually take up a minimal land area. The smaller the architecture, the more abundant the relationship with nature. A glass house is placed between the areas of the rooms. A roof panel is placed on top at a tilted angle. Building a glass house that is to be part of nature, allows one to be as close to nature as possible by becoming nature itself.
Site Plan (Drawing: JHW IROJE)
The Forest and the House
The forest shares the house and the house shares the forest by allowing one to step out from the functional spaces of life. The social relationship transforms the act of occupation to an act of sharing, becoming the starting point for the client's second life.
Sections (Drawing: JHW IROJE)

Glass House (Yeoyeodang)

Glass House (Yeoyeodang). Photo: Yong-kwan Kim
Glass House (Yeoyeodang) Diagram (Drawing: JHW IROJE)
Glass House (Yeoyeodang) Section (Drawing: JHW IROJE)
Glass House (Yeoyeodang) Plan (Drawing: JHW IROJE)

Metal House (Daeseodang)

Metal House (Daeseodang). Photo: Yong-kwan Kim
Metal House (Daeseodang), with Block House (Jego) beyond (Photo: Yong-kwan Kim)
Metal House (Daeseodang) Diagram (Drawing: JHW IROJE)
Metal House (Daeseodang) Sections (Drawing: JHW IROJE)
Metal House (Daeseodang) Plan (Drawing: JHW IROJE)

Bamboo House (Nokjung)

Bamboo House (Nokjung), with Glass House (Yeoyeodang) beyond (Photo: Yong-kwan Kim)
Bamboo House (Nokjung). Photo: Yong-kwan Kim
Bamboo House (Nokjung) Diagram (Drawing: JHW IROJE)
Bamboo House (Nokjung) Section (Drawing: JHW IROJE)
Bamboo House (Nokjung) Plan (Drawing: JHW IROJE)

Block House (Jego)

Block House (Jego). Photo: Yong-kwan Kim
Block House (Jego). Photo: Yong-kwan Kim
Block House (Jego) Diagram (Drawing: JHW IROJE)
Block House (Jego) Elevation (Drawing: JHW IROJE)
Block House (Jego) Plan (Drawing: JHW IROJE)

Stone House (Chungbang)

Stone House (Chungbang) Diagram (Drawing: JHW IROJE)
Stone House (Chungbang) Section (Drawing: JHW IROJE)
Stone House (Chungbang) Plan (Drawing: JHW IROJE)

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