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Architecture that Thinks through Form: Formative architects: Chungju Madang House

Formative architects

written by
Koh Youngsung, Lee Sungbeom
photographed by
Formative architects (unless otherwise indicated)
materials provided by
Formative architects
edited by
Bang Yukyung

SPACE February 2024 (No. 675)



Spacial Transitions Through the Madang and the Wall

The site sits on a stoneworks that runs along the horizon of the Namhangang River. The site faces a cycle path and observation deck located along the river, which are 2.5m lower than the site, so it was important to block these aspects visually from the outside while maintaining visual openness in the indoor spaces. Considering the long shaping of the site, we tried to vary the character of the space depending on the location of madang (yard or garden). We wanted to give the garden, one of the most important elements in a house, a proper use and create a carefully tailored space to the interior. The interior is closely connected to the exterior through the garden. The garden is comprised of a front yard, which coordinates the main entrance and controls vie...

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Formative architects (Koh Youngsung, Lee Sungbeom

Design team

Lee Hanee


Wonpo-ri, Geumga-myeon, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbu


single house

Site area


Building area


Gross floor area


Building scope






Building to land ratio


Floor area ratio




Exterior finishing

red brick

Interior finishing

eco-friendly water paint

Structural engineer

Dream Structure (Kim Minkwan)

Mechanical and electrical engineer



N1 Construction & Engineering

Design period

Nov. 2020 – May 2021

Construction period

June 2021 – Mar. 2022

Landscape architect

Forest Yeonil (Ahn Junghee)

Koh Youngsung
Koh Youngsung graduated from the graduate school of architecture, Hanyang University, worked for Solto architecture, and then established the design lab, EXA. In 2013, after changing the office name to Formative architects, many emotional, experimental projects developed. He aims to create architectural projects that pay attention to the sincerity of an essence rather than the surfaces of a space.
Lee Sungbeom
Lee Sungbeom graduated from the graduate school of architecture, Hanyang University and worked for SPACE GROUP. He searches the value of architecture in everyday life based on its publicness and explores various architectural values through his interpretation of the nature of architecture.