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Wonderful Wooman

IDR Architects

written by
Jun Borim, Lee Seunghwan
photographed by
Roh Kyung
materials provided by
IDR Architects
edited by
Han Garam

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.​




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IDR Architects (Jun Borim, Lee Seunghwan)

Design team

Jun Borim, Seo Sehee, Lim Sunghee


Wooman-dong, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea


single house, neighbourhood living facility

Site area


Building area


Gross floor area


Building scope

B1, 4F





Building to land ratio


Floor area ratio




Exterior finishing

red brick, aluminum zinc

Interior finishing

eco-friendly paint, wood flooring, porcelain tile

Structural engineer

YOON Structural Engineers

Mechanical engineer

Jusung ENG

Electrical engineer

Daekyung Electrical Engineering



Design period

July 2020 – Apr. 2021

Construction period

Apr. 2021 – Aug. 2022

Jun Borim, Lee Seunghwan
Jun Borim and Lee Seunghwan studied architecture at Seoul National University and started their training respectively at M.A.R.U. and Atelier17. After moving to United Kingdom and receiving their MA degrees at London Metropolitan University, they returned to Korea in 2014 and founded IDR Architects. They received several awards for Maegok Libray in 2017, which included the Korean Rising Architect Award and Korean Architecture Awards, and won the Korea Young Architect Award in 2019. Throughout their career, they have been focusing on how architecture works as mediating background between the user and everyday life, and published For All That, Architecture in 2020, a book about public architecture and the reality of the struggles of young architects in Korea.