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Wed 15.10.

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture (KR)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 15.10.2014 - Tagged as: , , ,

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture, photo: Noh Kyoung

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture, photo: Noh Kyoung

Houses in Sindang-dong, a neighbourhood in Seoul, Korea, are built right up against each other at the foot of Hanyang City Wall which straddles a very narrow, steep hill overlooking the neighbourhood and the city.

 

 

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture, photo: Noh Kyoung

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture, photo: Noh Kyoung

Say the architects, “a lot of shamans have lived around that neighborhood. It was said that due to these circumstances, the name of this town was originated from ‘Sindang’ which means ‘a Spiritual place’ in Korean.”

 

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture, photo: Noh Kyoung

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture, photo: Noh Kyoung

“The landlord bought this land since he wanted to live closely with his son’s family within one property. Though privacy was an important element to consider, each house needed to be opened to each other. The property should be greater than a regular private home but should be built in a way so the visibility is blocked.”

 

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture, photo: Noh Kyoung

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture, photo: Noh Kyoung

“For this reason, each planes with an angular ‘C’ Shape Plan (Korean Letter ‘¤§’) was disposed diagonally to each other while having its own courtyard. From the Courtyard, each house could be seen to each other but creates an individual cozy garden for each. From the outside the interior was not visible but natural sunlight and scenery was brought into the house through this courtyard.”

 

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture, photo: Noh Kyoung

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture, photo: Noh Kyoung

“When we look into the section of the house, the house was designed so the scenery of the City Wall was visible from the interior. The bedroom which was closer to the City Wall had a lower finish grade compared to the Living room which had a higher finish surface and was further away from the stonewall. Each window location was also carefully placed so the interior could not be seen from the Seoul Stone Wall’s pedestrian trails.”

 

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture, photo: Noh Kyoung

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture, photo: Noh Kyoung

“While considering the materials for the property, I saw Film Director Jeong Jaeeun’s short movie ‘Hakim & Barchin’. The movie was based on Uzbekistan’s tale ‘Alpamysh’ filmed at one of the Central Asian cities, Khiva. This beautiful city is mostly built with bricks. A City being built with natural local elements is quite obvious when you consider large scale imports was difficult during that era, but even now it is a very convincing approach.”

 

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture, photo: Noh Kyoung

Fortress Brick House by Wise Architecture, photo: Noh Kyoung

“When each ordinary buildings are built with different materials, each are just mere individual buildings but when they are built with one material, each building’s exterior merges and connects to each other and creates a strong connection/statement.”

 

PROJECT DATA
Architect: Wise Architecture
Location: Jung-gu, Seoul Sindang
Site Area: 1,132 sq. m
Building area: 454.48 sq. m
Coverage Ratio: 40.13%
Total floor area: 650.54 sq. m
Floor area ratio: 57.44%
Building scope: 2F
Structure: RC

 

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