Yeoju residence by YKH Associates
The Yeoju Residence is a stunning modern residence on an unspoilt hill in South Korea. Designed by YKH partner and they have all three levels that make the most of the privilege that a landscaped place brings. The interior is as open as the floor on the ground floor allows, the upper floors contain more specific areas.
Located in the suburb of Seoul, Yeoju, this three-story rest house is designed for a successful scientist and CEO of the famous company. The terrain road is large, but had a relatively small construction area. The place is on a hill, surrounded by nature and lovely scenery. Accordingly, the owner wanted above all a more open and spacious living / kitchen area. The required program areas are specified more specifically when you move up: interactive family zone on the 1st floor, private zones on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The design started with the linear arrangement of all living spaces side by side in an east-west direction in order to obtain good sunlight and the top views for each area.
At the request of the owner, the design was developed using a geometric composition that used two-dimensional walls and three-dimensional volumes to interact, adapt and be flexible. However, unsafe areas blur the boundaries of each area and create a wider living environment. On the first floor there are open decks on the north and south sides of the living / dining area for a larger and more interactive area. An interesting concept emerged during the process. Instead of placing a garage area next to an edge area with a blocked appearance, the garage area was disrupted by two separate areas: the living area and the guest room suite.
The garage area has thus become one of the dominant areas and corridors to enjoy the view of the river. Sliding and revolving doors around the garage can be opened for a fantastic view when the area functions as a porch and garden. The interplay of the intangible lines created sectors and walls to differentiate the room. These were changed from their original positions and helped redefine living spaces. The crossing walls of the axis were extended beyond their limits. The walls are drilled to blur the line between inside and outside, ensuring a wide and active living area and a wide view. These continuous wall lines extend to the other side and create a private garden for the family.
These simple architectural languages were created and translated in vertical layers to do justice to their functional use: the axis of the walls on the 1st floor became the reference line for enclosing and creating volumes of special areas on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Area volumes are stacked on the extended walls. On the 2nd floor there are two bedrooms, a family room and a master bedroom with separate private terraces. As in the living room area on the 1st floor, natural scenes were recorded and reflected in separate bedrooms to increase the advantage of the space. The owner's private library and spa were designed on the 3rd floor and designed in sweeping areas to create a quiet and completely private space for natural light, contemplation and peace.
The outer materials are covered with a special artificial limestone (Agglotech Architectural Terrazzo), which is protected from dirt and sunlight. The materials for the expanded walls on the 1st floor are the same material, but in different colors and textures. The use of external materials is minimized to emphasize spatial elements. To save maintenance costs, a sustainable design was not only adapted by the south-facing house with a grass roof outdoors, but also by the use of geothermal energy.