SPACE Seoptember 2023 (No. 670)
In between the Background and a Sense of Presence
Lee Seunghwan co-principal, IDR Architects
Wonderful Wooman exists as a mixed-use building, positioned in a narrow alleyway in the Suwon. The house was born of our office’s design, yet primarily led by co-principal Borim. So to me, the opportunity offers to observe it through a critic’s lens more objectively.
Rewinding to the 1970s in Korea, apartments began to dominate the housing market landscape, whereas small-scale private builders filled up alleys with uniform houses. These structures, largely characterised by their red brick façades and adorned with low, ornate white railings across three stories, became the defining visual identity of these urban low-density backstreets. Over time, signs of evolution became evident through new constructions and renovations. Wonderful Wooman is based on this urban context.
Our architecture has the ability to fade into the backgroun...
IDR Architects (Jun Borim, Lee Seunghwan)
Jun Borim, Seo Sehee, Lim Sunghee
Wooman-dong, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
single house, neighbourhood living facility
red brick, aluminum zinc
eco-friendly paint, wood flooring, porcelain tile
YOON Structural Engineers
Daekyung Electrical Engineering
July 2020 – Apr. 2021
Apr. 2021 – Aug. 2022