The Nokbeon-dong House was a project in which I could recover the original form for my houses. My friend Jeonglak’s house was fitted with a cast-iron main door, and upon opening that door I would be greeted by the yard and well-groomed landscaping plants. Big dogs were loafing around, and the living room window — which was bigger than the main door — was open towards the yard. What is this?
To me, it was fantasy — the classic model of fantasy. During my childhood, I had to go through the front room where my father used to work in order to get
to my house. The front room smelled like cigarettes, and I had to quickly get across in order not to be harassed by my good-fornothing uncles. Upon climbing up the stairs that led outdoors, I would see the doghouse for Ttorri (rough collie + Sapsali) and a tap fountain by the stair landing, and a rattan pergola and a rusty swing; memories of my real home. Although I was born in Youngsan, Changnyeong county, Nokbeon-dong, Seoul feels like
After walking along the walls facing the two sides of the site, one is suddenly brought into a narrow path. There is a small gate, but nothing else has changed. Another narrow path is revealed. The path turns moist past the staircase. I climb up the external staircase to the second floor, leaving handprints on the workroom’s glass windows, and finally arrive at the living room and the image of my true home.
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18-3, Nokbeon-ro 1-gil, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul, Korea
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Mechanical and electrical engineer
HANA CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Aug. 2019 – ongoing
Kim Soomin, Lee Seokyul
Yoon Hanjin is co-principal at FHHH FREINDS. He observes the more obscure aspects of things with a keen eye. He often
overlooks the obvious in order to scrutinise the lesser known. He may appear intimidating, but he is actually quite gentle.