Project: 10M4D house
Architects: guga city architecture
Place: Icheon-Si, South Korea
Domain: 3,573 sf
Photos: Joonhwan Yoon
10M4D house – Guga city architecture
10M4D House is a modern project by. guga city architecture Icheon-Si is in South Korea. With around 3,500 square meters of living space, this modern residence is a combination of a house and two workshops for a sticker and a ceramist. This house has a lovely and warm interior that plays very well with natural light.
The 10M4D is a combination of one house and two workshops. An embroidering mother and her ceramic daughter wanted a place where they could live and work. They called this project "10M4D (ten months, four days)" because they wanted to be relieved of any obligation two months a year, three days a week. We tried to portray the diversity of life by combining three different spaces: a large “madang” (an outdoor space with specific programmatic and climatic functions), an airy work space in which one can grow and use, and a comfortable living space in which one can live relax.
We organized the programs around a high madang. The raised Madang is surrounded by a tall portico that serves as the facade of the building. By creating a buffer zone between the studios and the streets, the Portico ensures the privacy of customers while working in their studios. The studios are located between them on the raised Madang and are accessible from the two opposite ends of the portico. The embroidery studio is in a wooden structure with plywood walls that create a warm atmosphere, while the ceramic studio is in a concrete structure that creates a calm and cool atmosphere. As with the art galleries, the gray surface of the concrete provided a lovely backdrop for the girl's brown clay and white ceramic work.
Madang's slight elevation adds considerable depth, implying that it is a special area. However, viewed from the inside, the open space feels closer due to its height. Additionally, we have assigned other madangs of various sizes, one for waxing, meeting and resting, and the other for ceramic work. Customers in studios have direct access to these open spaces where they can work, relax and interact with each other.
The living area on the upper floor has a generous ceiling height. Placing open attics above the rooms next to the living room creates a flowing space throughout the living space. Above the attic, we removed the support pieces between a beam and a beam to bring out the sculptural features of the wood structure. The open wood construction in the residential area offers the aesthetic quality of Hanok, a traditional Korean house.
Although the living space is on the top level, there is still a madang in the middle of the U-shaped spatial organization. Each area has direct access to Madang and creates a flowing cycle between different programs. Madang has operable surfaces such as glass doors, shutters, and sliding doors made of Korean paper that residents can use to commute the thermal and visual conditions of the home. Different layer compositions create a soft space in the house in which light and landscape are actively controlled depending on the activity.