Songpa Micro Housing

Designed in Seoul by SsD Architecture, Songpa Micro‐Housing provides a new typology of residential building, proving that ‘space’ and ‘size’ are actually separate concepts.

SsD Architecture, Songpa Micro Housing, Seoul, Korea
The problem of urban density and housing costs is global. As unit types get smaller however, microhousing has the danger of becoming a provisional housing type with little social value.
By mining the discrepancy between maximum floor area ratios and maximum zoning envelopes, Songpa Micro‐Housing provides a new typology that extends the limits of the unit to also include semi-public circulation, balconies, and visual extensions. Like the ambiguous gel around a tapioca pearl, this “Tapioca Space” becomes a soft intersection between public/private and interior/exterior, creating social fabrics between neighbors. In this way, the ambition of the project is to prove that ‘space’ and ‘size’ are actually separate concepts.
SsD Architecture, Songpa Micro Housing, Seoul, Korea
SsD Architecture, Songpa Micro Housing, Seoul, Korea

In terms of dynamically flexible mixed-use housing, fourteen ‘unit blocks’ allow residents to either claim a single unit, or in the case where a couple or friends require more space, recombine the blocks for larger configurations. Also, units can be used for differing programs such as galleries or work spaces. This flexibility allows occupants to live in the building longer and thus more sustainably as they will not have to move out with changing situations.

Finally, the micro-auditorium / cafe on the ground floor and basement are spatially linked to the units as a shared living room. While the zoning regulations require the building be lifted for parking, the resulting open ground plane can be constantly reprogrammed for differing events such as performances, art openings, or gatherings. Pedestrian traffic is pulled from the street down through the micro-auditorium steps, connecting city, building, and residents to the exhibition spaces below.


Songpa Micro Housing, Seoul, Korea
Program : apartment complex
Architects : SsD (Jinhee Park and John Hong)
Architect of Record : Dyne Architects
Structural Engineer : Mirae Structural Design Group
Construction Manager : Kiro Construction
Completion : 2015

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