Top 5 Modern Homes by Korean Architects

It is not easy to define modern housing in a word. There are many factors that can define a modern house, such as when it was built, the style and materials used in architecture, and the design of the results. However, as soon as we see a building, we often make a comment that it is “modern”. This is evidence that the image of a modern building is already in our minds, without our knowledge.

The individuality of the buildings that come into the category of modern housing is becoming increasingly diverse. Depending on the space, the use of the building adds traditional elements, and new attempts are being created to create something that has never been done before, and modern houses are evolving day by day. Today, let’s take a look at the seven examples of modern housing presented by korean architects and take a first-hand look at the diversity of modern housing that we can meet today.

One Roof House with rustic beauty

Designed by MLNP ARCHITECTS, this single-family home is packed with parents who wanted to give their two daughters a life in a laid-back home with a yard. The owner hoped that the house would have two daughters who were about to enter elementary school, and that they would play with them to their full esteem and make precious memories. Although the splendid buildings are constantly being built in the newly-attracted single-family housing district, the building was designed in pursuit of a rustic but modern interior under a clean gable roof.

One Roof House tried to create a space with a depth of life rather than the glamour of the outside. While retaining the basic sculptural elements of the roof, various spaces inside and outside were configured to suit the lifestyle of family members. The house consists of three spaces, each with different personalities, horizontally and vertically. In the vertical direction, the first floor where you can sit down and chat with the locals, a family room where you can increase the intimacy of the family, a children’s play area, a private space for children to enjoy reading, and a sky garden are organized in the attic. In addition, the space between the couples and the children is separated horizontally, so that they can live the lives of the family separately and together.

Red Brick Country House

The blue doors and window frames, contrasting with the red bricks, create a picturesque landscape with exceptionally blue skies. This two-storey house consists of a 2-storey house of approximately 38 square meters, consisting of a first floor for families and two floors with a private living area. Unlike the classic red brick feel, the dark grey gable roof adds to the modern sophistication of the house.

The interior of the dreamask-designed building also stands out for its appropriate blend of traditional and contemporary aesthetics. The kitchen is modern in black and white, and on the other hand, you can see the present and the future in the second-floor space, where hanok’s enchanting charm is felt from the naturalness of the tree and the lattice grate. To learn more about this architectural case, take a look at the red brick houses at the Blue Gate.

Modern house in unity with nature of Jeju

The owner of the travel agency dreamed of an old life enjoying the beauty of the sea on a triangular site in Hadori, Jeju Island. Zero LIMITS ARCHITECTURE envisioned a building with views of the sea to the north and hilly views to the south. The first floor became the main living space, and the second floor was built as an interview room for families and guests. In order not to use the small size of the room, the space was decorated with a variety of floors.

Jeju’s regional characteristics were also negligible in building buildings. In order to withstand the harsh natural environment of Jeju, the material called the “stone” of the traditional Jeju house became an object that must not be lost. We spent a lot of time studying the stones obtained from jeju land to find the best way to fit this building. This is an example of the architect’s devotion to creating a building that is as natural as beautiful design.


ALC house with hanok motif

This beautiful, oblique diagonal building is the ALC house of Race, which was worked on the story of The Home Story. In particular, this ALC (Autoclave Concrete: lightweight bubble concrete), which is often used in rural houses, has gained worldwide popularity in recognition of its advantages in various aspects such as weight, insulation, fireproof, noise blocking, and construction. Although modern architecture is used, the motifs of this building are taken from hanoks.

The coexistence with the sarangchae on the left side of the photo is not awkward because the modern eaves expressed in the space between the inner and outer walls with the roof line and sliding doors, modeled after the eaves, can easily feel the familiarity of hanok in a new building. In addition, the naturalness of the wood visible through the white walls makes the building better match able to its surroundings.

Sky-high modern homes

Meet a house in Banpo designed by Hanul Architecture. The narrow architectural aspect of the 28-square-meter construction, which consists of the existing axis, has resulted in a sensual, three-dimensional design that rises into the sky. Using existing slopes and shafts, 35 square meters of underground parking and machine ryokan were placed, and 71 square meters of houses and gardens were placed on the ground. The partially emptied site has created a space for communication that brings the surrounding nature to life.

In order to give a sense of diffusion in a narrow space, the interior space was designed with the basic principle of “emptying”. All walls except the concrete outer wall occupy a portion of the space, but it is not fixed to express the space fluidly. On the south side of the nearby park, the main residential area was placed around the courtyard, and the front window allowed us to see the nature beyond the courtyard. At the same time, in order to block the attention of pedestrians walking along the park’s promenade, a translucent screen was installed to protect the privacy of those staying inside.


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