Changshin International Design Competition - Bronze Prize
HYPER-ORDINARY is a new average core space that adopts contemporary needs within the traditional concept. This place sees the living room and the kitchen as the central areas for the family to recover life and where new values are created. This is not an entirely new space. It is a realistic yet ideal space that seeks to re-interpret the traditional concept lost due to rapid westernisation, that represents contemporary family life and that pursues a sustainable future.
The traditional concept of Korean space has the court yard in the centre. But this is replaced by the concept of a living room through rapid westernisation. The court yard and a reception area with parquet allows people to communicate with each other. The concept of space where these were the central areas for communication in traditional eras has now taken on a new meaning in Korean living as it was gradually replaced by the western living room.
In Korean living culture where sitting on the floor is the norm, we often see that the western style of sitting on chairs and the Korean way of sitting on the floor co-exist. One has a sofa but in front of the sofa on the floor are various activities taking place. This is in line with the court yard and the reception area with parquet that could be found in traditional houses.
Is our living room a space for our daily life?
Living room, by definition, is where life happens. The reception covered with parquet where in traditional Korean culture the family would gather around to share a meal or converse with each other has been replaced in contemporary life by a living room with a TV. The living room in the new civilisation both connects and separates and re-interprets tradition to offer individual resting and communication. It also sets a new standard for a space where various sharing and culture can be created.
A space that is at once exterior and interior Making the most of the structural characteristics of the daechong maru, the reception area with parquet, a semi-external space that had disappeared from modern houses was revived. The veranda that has a function similar to existing ones, but is different in that while they are often used as a space for drying laundry or placing recycled waste, it has been given a new twist here.
A complete separation of space
When the sliding door is closed which usually serves as a middle layer and the window to the exterior is open, then the area becomes a complete exterior space. This allows the resident to enjoy the exterior environment (such as the daechong maru) that he wasn’t able to in the past. It is a space that is neither completely blocked nor completely open, offering a unique feel.
With the craze over greenery organic food, many people are growing their own vegetables or fruit in their gardens. By turning this area that borders on the exterior into a small garden, the house also has a feature that is unique for a contemporary houses. Depending on how the user makes use of it, the area can be used as a green house for plants.
Privacy and energy saving
The folding rotating door in the middle allows to block the exterior wind once more and provide privacy.