Vía: Yoap Architects.
‘White edge on brick’ is the small mixed-use building with five separate rental housing units and a two-story owner’s house and a retail space on the ground floor. The site for this project is located in a little old planned town, which is a part of the verge of the capital city, Seoul. As the continuous growth of the city, the boundary of Seoul is changing and the town is being redeveloped.
The client of this project dreamed to have his two-story house for various indoor and outdoor activities like a penthouse above the rental spaces. The architects suggested dissimilar colors, textures and materials of the façade to reflect two different purpose – rental or own space – on the street view. Furthermore, the combination of disparate shapes – classical brick box for economical rental residences, and trendy white trapezoid for distinctive luxurious house – consequentially maximizes their own program properties.
The pilotis and retail space are designed by considering active connection and expandability towards other retail places on the street. The main gate and interior space of the ground floor are colored with vivid colors – red and lime, which helps the building to deliver its attractiveness to its neighbors.
The yellow staircase meets up with diverse colors according to the floor. People would not only recognize which floor they are on by the colors but also find unaccustomed scene in common space – lobby, hallway, and stairs. This unfamiliar experience allows core spaces to be more unexpected and enjoyable.
Every rental housing has its own veranda which is the only exterior space in the unit. The red frame of the space highlights its uniqueness from both inside and outside of the building. Additionally, all window steel frames emphasize overall windows and façade clearly and strengthen insulation and waterproof function.
Photo © In Keun Ryoo.