SPACE March 2023 (No. 664)
Aside from the ordinary places that were formerly fashionable but have since faded from view, vestiges of former glory remain in Seongsu-dong. The narrow alleyways, many small lots, and high land prices made it challenging to initiate this large-scale joint development, and so the scale of the street could only just be maintained. It was for this reason that the ‘red brick recommendation’ policy, which was implemented to preserve the neighbourhood’s old scenery, was able to leave its mark. The Yoonseul Building is also finished in red brick—a material that prompts memories for the local grandmothers and neighbourhood kids who gathered around the low wooden benches in the days when everything was changing.
The Most Efficient Profit-Oriented Building
Purchased to become a small house with a yard about twenty years ago, the site was eventually reconsidered for a commercialresidential house, taking into account profitability in light of the shift being made in Seongsu-dong. For this project, the privacy of the residents was thought to be more important than the lease revenue, so the planning process began by separating out the circulation paths taken by store customers and residents. It still has its single vertical circulation, but the stairs and elevators have been separated, allowing the exterior stairs to serve as the main circulation path for the shops, whereas the interior elevator serves as the key point in circulation for freight and residents. Thanks to the separated exterior stairs, the stores on each level retain their independence. The building’s total floor area was calculated based on determining the efficiency ratio of the number of parking spaces rather than fulfilling the maximum floor area ratio. In the small-scale, commercial-residential house, where the landlord resides, the most important issue was optimising efficiency and providing a more pleasant living environment rather than maximising the surface area.
The Yard on Top
The long-cherished desire to possess a yard was finally met by giving up interior space, and the yard now faces the living room and dining room, offering a wider spatial expression. The mass enclosed in a U-shape protects the residential area from the bustling street while providing the suggestion of an introverted yard. The residential area was configured according to the couple’s retirement plan. The couple, who fear their daily lives may become monotonous with just the two of them spending all their time together, can enjoy their independent areas through divisions and a sense of distance. The house also has a vertical structure for communication by which one can check on the other by simply taking a step forward in their area. Each room is located on the upper level that overlooks the communal area, and the small yards that extend outside each room are neither completely blocked from nor exposed to the bustling street. This means that the energy of the vibrant neighbourhood is pleasantly felt.
SIE:Architecture (Jung Sujin)
Jung Wooyoung, Park Junhee, Lim Sangil, Ahn Jungwo
Seoulsup 6-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, Korea
neighbourhood living facility, single house
brick, low-e triple glass
paint on gybsum board, tile
EUN CONSULTING STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS
C&O Engineering & Constructions
Jan. – Dec. 2019
Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2021
Yoon Jongpyo and two others
IL DONO, D.SIE