Contemporary Basalt-Brick House Sustainably Built in South Korea
There are two things that make Scale-ing House, a project defined by JOHO Architecture in South Korea, interesting and habitable: great views and light. Located in Pangyo, one of the popular residential areas and overlooking the Cheonggyesan mountains, this contemporary basalt-brick construction was designed with sustainability in mind. The project based on the natural convection current showcases an interesting orientation of the space, allowing an easy penetration of light into the rooms.
“The architectural form consists of basalt bricks, general brick, and stainless steel. As well as general brick, about 20,000 basalt bricks, which are the main material to compose the rough surface, are divided into two parts according to their angles and recomposed on the architectural form.” The thick walls absorb the heat. Basalt bricks were horizontally arranged creating a strong pattern and an overall strong visual effect. From the outside, the house, we admit it, looks less regular than one would expect it to look. The surface of the construction is rough but unitary. The roof was divided in four. The difference of height favours the maximisation of daylight, allowing the sun to floor the interior with its light and warmth from three sides: east, south and west. Interior is neat, simple and it feels airy, opening to the landscape through the various cut outs and semi-open terraces.