Moon Hoons funky new home captures sunlight on Jeju Island

August 31, 2017 by  
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South Korean architect Moon Hoon regularly wows us with his crazy and whimsical designs—and his latest work is no exception. Set on South Korea’s stunning Jeju Island , the Simple House is a bunker-inspired house with large glazed end walls to capture sunlight from multiple angles. The sculptural house offers panoramic views of the island and was engineered to withstand the island’s weather extremes. Beautiful Jeju Island, known as the Hawaii of South Korea , is a popular vacation destination with a surprisingly varied landscape. The client originally asked Moon Hoon to design a custom 206-square-meter home with a low-lying bunker-like appearance that referenced the traditional homes of Jeju island. However, over time the initial design morphed into its antithesis; the flippantly named Simple House is an extravagant sculptural house made of cantilevered stacked blocks supported with diagonal reinforced-concrete beams. The three-story home’s board-formed concrete volumes are carefully oriented to optimize views and access to natural light. Open terraces and glazed walls at the end of each volume capture daylight from multiple angles. “The erected houses now boasted much presence, but needed something more to give it a distinct character,” said Hoon, explaining the thought process behind the stacked and rotated volumes. “Then the strong wind and rain started cracking the floors, and slowly three floored and rotating home came into existence. Too much wind gave nausea and anxiety. Something had to be done, thus the binding structures between the end points to other points.” Related: Weird but wonderful Wind House brings whimsy to Korea’s Jeju Island The brightly lit interior features a clean and modern appearance with recessed lighting, light timber surfaces, and in-built furnishings such as the recessed http://inhabitat.com/tag/bookshelves/ bookshelves along the staircase that winds through the center of the home. Simple House is entered on the first floor, which comprises a playroom on one end and a guest room on the other. The second floor, which is rotated and offset from the first, houses an open plan dining room and kitchen on one side and living area on the other. The second floor also opens out to outdoor dining built atop the first floor. The master bedroom and bathroom, outdoor jacuzzi, and outdoor garden are found on the top floor. + Moon Hoon Via ArchDaily

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Weird but wonderful Wind House brings whimsy to Koreas Jeju Island

January 19, 2017 by  
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A peculiar home has popped up on Korea’s idyllic Jeju island , and it’s unlike any we’ve seen before. Moon Hoon , a Seoul-based architect who’s never afraid to think outside of the box, recently completed the Wind House, a low-lying structure topped with a large-scale golden sculptural object that bears similarities to a duck head or hairdryer. Despite its alien appearance, the golden protrusion’s shape takes inspiration from the wind-swept landscape, while its golden color alludes to the island’s fall and winter foliage. Moon Hoon, the same architect behind a Star Wars House and the candy-inspired Lollipop House , was commissioned by an eye doctor with a love of contemporary art and a taste for the eccentric. The client tasked Hoon to design three small houses with the requirements that they be unique and functional. The resulting Wind House comprises a volcanic stone wall that runs the perimeter of the site, two low-lying houses that sit at right angles to one another, and a third house in the middle topped with a inhabitable and sculptural space that Hoon describes as “blossom[ing] like a golden flower.” The boxy gray-colored homes draw inspiration from traditional Jeju architecture and provide a sharp contrast to the glistening gold crown. Accessible via a spiral staircase , the duck head-shaped space includes a living room, kitchen, and bedroom. Unlike the other interior spaces, which are painted a demure white and kept relatively minimalist, the interior of the “hovering flower” is painted a vibrant shade of red complemented with black furniture and a zebra print floor. A slit window offers views towards Hallasan, the volcano located at the center of the island. Related: The Force is Strong With This Sandcrawler-Inspired Star Wars House in South Korea “The sharp difference and contrast between the horizontal houses and hovering houses grounded secularly by high volcanic rock walls bring about a kind of contrasting harmony like that of flowers blossoming among the green leaves,” says the architect. Moon Hoon and Tomeny Kisilewicz also produced an unusual five-minute science fiction film that stars the Wind House as the hero that saves the residents of Jeju from the erupting Hallasan. + Moon Hoon Via ArchDaily Images © NamGoong sun

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Volcanic Rock Tops Kengo Kuma’s Curved Block D Condos on Jeju Island in South Korea

June 7, 2013 by  
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Green Roofed JeJu Island Heritage Center Rises in Korea

February 1, 2010 by  
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South Korea ’s Jeju Island is known for its outstanding aesthetic beauty — it’s an area that bears testament to the compelling natural history of our planet. Listed as a UNESCO site, the island will soon be host to a new World Natural Heritage Center. The center is anticipated to become a meeting place set to educate and promote the importance of preserving the island and its heritage for future generations to come.

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