Family Residence in South Korea: The Cracked House
Located in Heyri Art Valley, Paju, South Korea, the modern home spreads over more than 3,000 square feet. The uncluttered arrangement of furniture allows the interior spaces to have a modern continuity. Designed by South Korean architecture studio Mass Studies, the house features six bedrooms – three bedrooms and three separated guest rooms – and five bathrooms. A couple looking forward to retirement and their three children on their way to maturity needed a home within commuting distance of Seoul where they can enjoy their changing family life. The Cracked House was the perfect home for them, gathering many modern designed rooms under one roof. The three kitchens and common living area – including a living room, a dining room and a library – are separated into a cleverly built arrangement: “The southerly rectangular mass of the second floor is divided on the north-south axis into two different entities. The eastern side of the building contains a two-story family home, while the southern side contains lodgings for guests, or “temporary family members. These two main components are differentiated by function, but they can also be united through a shared space in the center of each level’s “crack“, or division, that leads outdoors. The two connecting spaces allow the structure to adapt fluidly as the family composition changes, acting both as one independent “house” appropriating the other, or as two units within a single house.” Enveloped in green exposed concrete, the house features a stainless steel wall in the southern end of the garden that encourages greenery to climb vertically on the wall. Take a look at the pictures and let us know if you would like to live here.