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hwassun gallery and residence

hwassun south korea


A rural retreat for a couple in the far south of the Korean peninsula was inspired by two things: first the owners desire and outdoor interaction with the natural environment and second the terraced rice paddy landscape. The proposed residence is the new-version interpretation of centuries old traditional structures, characteristically defined by transitional spaces not entirely outdoors and not indoors  


The rice fields supply a natural abundance of raw material; specifically the dried straw which lines the paddies each late autumn and early winter.  Rice straw was the ideal building material for the residence. Interior spaces are planned and integrated between outside and inside through physical and visual connections. Programmatically, the structure is divided in half with public gallery and private residence connected by intervening indoor-outdoor breezeway


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