A brick house with curvy walls

The brick house by Korean studio Obba features a curved fence wall that defines the relationship between private spaces and the countryside.

Obba, The Vault House, Hadong, South Korea, 2017

The project by Obba architects is a small house of 82 sqm, in Bipa-ri, Hadong in Gyeongsangnamdo. Architects’ biggest concern about this project was defining the relationship between private space and the rest in a countryside where all sides are open to crop fields. Fence wall is generally installed along the boundary of the entire site, away from the actual house. In this case, however, Obba incorporated the fence wall as a part of the building in order to create several types of intermediate/transitory space between private and public space.

The house is composed of a living room with generous openings toward the North and South, and a master bedroom and two guest bedrooms on the East. Each end of the living room has a small pocket garden formed by the curvy brick walls. The curvy wall on the North has an arch shaped opening on top that allows view toward the greens of Bipa Island from the living room. There is a small opening on the bottom of the wall for neighboring dogs and cats to freely pass through. One of the master bedroom’s wall and kitchen’s wall grows out similarly to screen the bedroom from the streets and to provide shades and storage space for the kitchen, respectively.

Img.20 Obba, The Vault House, Hadong, South Korea, 2017
Obba, The Vault House, Hadong, South Korea, 2017
Project:
The Vault House
Location:
Hadong, South Korea
Program:
single family house
Architect:
Obba – Sojung Lee and Sangjoon Kwak
Design team:
Hyungjin Choi, Daae Kim, Sunhee Yoon
Structural engineering:
Thekujo
Installations:
IECO Engineering
Contractor:
Heenam Yang
Area:
94.6 sqm
Completion:
2017

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