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The ‘Mini House’ located on Guro-dong has 3 story with its gross floor area of 72.28 sqm. It is literally ‘Tiny Little House’. The site takes 68 sqm facing 8m front road, and steep cliff of 8m at the back. It has an available built area boundary of 3m in width and 13m in length when apply offset guideline which is just enough to fit 2 sets of standard staircases.

The task given at hand in planning aspect was design a ‘Share House’ for 3 people in such a confined site, and create space where enables natural sunlight with privacy which was challenging in unfavorable condition of slender site very close to the adjacent building.

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The ideas that we’ve come up with was having ‘Skip Floor’ structure, and applying ‘Polycarbonate multi-cell panel’ conventionally called as danpalon. Optimizing spatial efficiency and maximizing natural sunlight were secured by central staircase to where allocate space program in every half floor, and apply wall in the southeast with semi-transparent danpalon.

Having this wall which penetrates light into somewhat delicate and skylight create a warm atmosphere and minimize cramped condition of the interior space of just over 2m in width.

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The limited site, steep cliff at rear, and the adjacent building became again difficulties in construction phase. Building with standard construction method was impractical and unfeasible due to the limited place for loading construction materials and working space, and the complaints cause by this could lead directly to negative effects on construction period and increase in overall cost.

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We’ve given a great thought on these issues, and decided to try with applied construction method known as ‘Modular House’. This applied method, fabricating the most of parts in remote factory, assembling and finishing at on-site, can be a solution to reduce construction period and cost. This is how we’ve break through the constraints of the extremely limited site condition.

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1st Floor Plan, 2nd Floor Plan, 3rd Floor Plan

2013 / Share House Location : Guro-dong, Guro-gu, Seoul, Korea Site Area : 68.00 sqm Gross Floor Area : 72.28 sqm Building Scope : 3F Design : AIN Group (Choi Younghee, Cho Kwangje, Lee Sangdeok, Choi Younwoo) Photographs : Cho Jaeuk, Choi Younghee

AIN Group

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The March Hare in Alice in Wonderland is a multifaceted character who guides the tale, inviting Alice on a curious induction to a world of adventure. Through the stimulation of Alice's imagination, the March Hare subverts the landscapes of daily life, and the new world begins to deviate from everything Alice holds as familiar. Cheongdam march Rabbit was inspired by the March Hare.

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Located in the busy alley of Cheongdam-dong in Seoul, this building not only needs to respond with sensitivity to its surrounding environment but also establish itself as an unfamiliar landscape in order to envigorate the street itself.

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In addition, the building, as a neighborhood living facility, has to cope with the potential changes to its internal program, such as offices, retail shops, cafes, and as a residential quarter. For that purpose, a reduction of the common area, including the elevator, the staircase, and a public bathroom has been proposed and the maximization of the rental area will enable sufficient operation of all the building's required functions.

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Although the building seems to by vertically stacked floor-by-floor when it is seen at its care, its overall volume appears to be the combination of fragmented space. A spare space at the rear of the building has been planned to be used as a new core when more than two floors are rented together.

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This small building will play a complex role, much like the March Hare, in order to invent new narratives for the city center, rather than existing under one finished and fixed function.

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Architects : L'EAU design Location : Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea Architects in Charge : Kim Dong-jin Area : 8987.0 m2 Project Year : 2014 Design : Lee Sanghak , Ju Ikhyeon, Jung Donghui, Yoon Jihye, Kwon Jungyeol, Kim Minji Finishing : Monocouche, White zinc panel Construction : JEHYO Structure Engineer : SDM Structural Engineering Mechanical & Electrical Engineer : HANA Consulting Engineers Co.,LTD. Construction supervision : L’EAU design Co., Ltd. Client : Kwak Junghui

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Rear

L'EAU Design is a group seeking after such environment as falling under comprehensive sense and attempt the relationship with architectural design.

'environment' includes meanings of social and cultural conditions that influence in human lifestyle as well as ecological and build environment.

L'EAU Design, since its establishment in 2000, has been pursuing a total design focused on 'Architecture and Urbanism' 'Renovation and Interior Design' 'Enviroment Design' in order to architecturally design diverse concerns amid the better 'human environment', which is based on our research about social and cultural background of human.

L'EAU design

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The site is close to the Chungpyong Lake and has hilly mountain on the back and view towards to the lake in front. As most of sites on hills in Korea, Leaning House site also has a mismatch between topography and orientation.

Therefore, one of the first things to solve was the siting of the house in the position where it can have southern sunlight as well as view towards the lake.

The southern part of the program box is lifted up so that the house can get enough sunlight from the South while the house itself orients to the East following the topography of the site. By lifting the box up, a new space was gained where Glass Box for family room can be inserted.

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Topology & Typology ​

In the Leaning House, instead of putting a separate structure to the mass, the form of massing works as a structural system. The “Leaning Box” has a frame structure at the envelope of the box, and is supported by the vertical “Glass Box” so that it can eliminate redundant structural element.

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This concept is driven by the architectural vocabulary “Topology & Typology” that PRAUD has been developing. The “Topology & Typology” is a theoretical experiment that is based on Anthony Vidler’s theory on typology. “Topology” focuses on the form of architecture regarding to the relationship between solid and void, while “Typology” develops the system of the building.

In short, “Topology & Typology” tries to find out the harmony between the architectural form and the system that can be called as “Contemporarism”, architectural language of contemporary architecture, just as Modernism became the architectural language not the style in a certain period of time.

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Third-space

By lifting up the program box, a new space “Third Space” is gained. The original requirement from the client was to have bedroom, reading room and living room, and with having the third space, it was able to put a new living room inside and terrace on the outside.

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The “Third Space” provides more gradation for the house. The outside terrace is not fully public yet not fully private space either. Also, inside living room is also a semi-public area within the house before getting into more private area. This variation in gradation gives deeper spatial quality in a small house project.

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Material

It is extremely important in the Leaning House to have the reading of the “box.” In many cases, including projects with Modernism, envelops are treated separate, and therefore, the facade has one design and material, and the roof has another. However, to challenge the convention, the Leaning House treats all surfaces as part of one box and has same material throughout the surfaces with continuous pattern. Zinc is selected to wrap the whole box with a single material as it can be used for roof, siding and exterior ceiling. And continuous diagonal lines across the envelop enhances the reading of the box.

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Architects : PRAUD Location : Jinan-gun Architects in Charge : Dongwoo Yim, Rafael Luna Area : 127.0 sqm Photographs : Kyungsub Shin

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PRAUD was founded in 2010 by Rafael Luna and Dongwoo Yim as a design and research firm focusing on understanding the effects of urban transformations and developing architectural responses through various studies from architectural theories to urban research.

Its own architectural language Topology & Typology has been deeply developed through many projects, both competitions and built projects, as well as through series of seminars. Parallel to developing architectural theory, PRAUD pursues various urban researches to find tangent point between hybrid architecture and urban transformation.

These interdisciplinary investigations have been published and exhibited internationally and let PRAUD to construct a unique perspective on exploring progressive "contemporarism" in architecture, urbanism and design. ​

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