Cheongun House by Tectonics Lab in Seoul
Architect: Tectonics Lab + Hyundai Kim (Ewha Womans University)
Location: Seoul (KR)
The house on the slope of Seoul’s Bugaksan Mountain responds both to the historic feeling and to the “generic modernity” of the old city centre. The client – a professor emeritus – decided against the old, dilapidated house that once stood here and in favour of a new house for his plot of land. After the demolition, the client was given the remnants of the 50-year-old house, which had been built by his father: the wooden flooring, the window grates and the door panels.
Nonetheless, the new building was to retain a memory of the old one. The architects from Tectonics Lab have translated this wish into a nine-square grid, a traditional typology still found in the architecture of East Asia. The new house symbolizes an abstract, ideal space: its symmetrical arrangement is a significant precondition for the actual spatial structure. For an academic concerned with education and research, the symmetry of the house, which is also used as a research institute, represents harmony and clarity.