SPACE February 2024 (No. 675)
A Context Found in Nature
At the tip of Gotjawal Provincial Park, facing Hallasan Mountain, new man-made grid roads divide the land into which Gotjawal might have extended. They create a site with a panoramic view of Gotjawal and Hallasan Mountain, which is rare in Jeju. Though the forests of Jeju that surrounded this place are now gone, the distant mountain and the park seemed so close as if they could be touched. The client couple, who settled in Jeju after leaving city life behind, asked us to build a stay and a permanent residence. Usually, architects begin by designing with a context in mind, but a more obvious context on which to depend was invisible or hidden here. We wanted to create a new context on its own on a site that had been cut by humans. Standing on the site and looking down at the panoramic views of Jeju’s natural landscape, we imagined a place in which concrete masses extrude like an oreum above the horizontal spread of the land. With different axes for viewing nature set within each programme, the building forms individual spaces with independent views.