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Osiri gareum Cooperative Housing

EMA Architects & Associates

written by
Lee Eunkyung
photographed by
Roh Kyung
materials provided by
EMA Architects & Associates

The site of Osiri gareum Cooperative Housing, located within the farming town, spreads in the east-west direction, coinciding with two roads of the town. The housing complex was planned to be accessible for pedestrians: as one walks home from the communal parking area, one can come to exchange gazes with their neighbours through the windows of the irregularly-placed houses. The individual houses, with the footpath dissecting the complex, were placed in a north-south direction, distancing and framing their respective yards. The complex is relatively populated compared to its surroundings; the houses, as such, were arranged to face different angles to one another in alignment with the footpath, allowing a line of sight towards the yards while also respecting privacy.

The community facilities were placed in accordance with its use and character. The communal kitchen with dining hall, the single-story building exclusive for union members, was situated at the back of the site; at the front sits the communal library with study room, open to the regional society—a two-story pragmatic symbol that one can read books, enjoy the surrounding virtual landscape at its attic, and sense the philosophy at the heart of the cooperative housing community. The cooperative housing union is mostly composed of two-member households at their retirement age, who had lived in spacious apartment houses in the metropolis and decided to move into the two-story houses of rural areas, reducing their possessions and adopting a simpler lifestyle. The housing design began with a prototype that featured a spacious lobby and a smaller second floor: the lobby, with a large window and a porch, was designed to expand further into the exterior, securing a sense of openness and also retaining the spatial quality commonly found in metropolitan apartments, within this relatively small-sized unit. On the second floor, a small interior pocket terrace was designed to secure a private space, letting the resident feel disconnected from the community. The union’s houses were adjusted in volume and in external materials, in order to be harmonious with the neighboring village.​









EMA Architects & Associates (Lee Eunkyung

Design team

Cha Mijung, Park Suji, Her Jonghyun, Kim Donghyun


Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Korea


single-family house, neighborhood facility

Site area


Building area


Gross floor area


Building scope






Building to land ratio


Floor area ratio




Exterior finishing

stucco, zinc

Interior finishing

water-based paint, wallpaper

Structural engineer

Seoul Structure

Electrical engineer

Daegyeong Electric Planning Office


Atelier Construction

Design period

July 2014 – Apr. 2015

Construction period

May 2015 – Dec. 2016


Osiri gareum Housing Coop

Mechanical engineer

Jungin E&G

Lee Eunkyung
Lee Eunkyung received her B.S. and Master degree in architecture from Seoul National University and gained her professional experience at Kiohun Architects & Associates. She also received her Master in architecture and urban design from the Berlage Institute. After practicing at Xaveer de Geyter Architects and Riken Yamamoto & FIELDSHOP, she founded EMA Architects & Associates in 2011.