100A associates have recently completed works on this stunning residence in Gyeongju-si, South Korea.The site in Sannae-myeon, Gyeongju, was surrounded by mountains and the sky, giving off a delicate grandeur with its natural shade and containment of sunlight.
We decided to greet this space, surrounded as if by a folding screen by the mountain ridge ahead, during the twilight of “around sunset” to morning rather than the typical visiting hours of the morning to night. This is because witnessing the dark, crepuscular sight held on the widely spread horizon did not simply feel like seeing a dark image but instead provided a moving experience that allowed us to forget the indecipherable sorrow and envy within us. With this Visualization, we aimed to avoid defining the shade cast on the earth as its limit and record a greater amusement.
The simple yet impeccable properties encountered upon entry after the sunset’s flimsy glow do not scatter the light’s fragility but rather accept it in precise detail. A fundamental feature of this space is the skillful friction between the light bouncing off of the plain wall and the shade, which displays a range of scenes from dusk to the early sunrise and permeates the whole poetic notion. As a result, the scattered shadows in Gyeongjuok gently allude to the aesthetics of lower and softer sounds as well as deeper, thicker sounds. We hope you enjoy the sophisticated scenic flavor within.
The openness toward the mountain and the sky creates an ambiguous boundary and humbly accepts the ambiance of the earth while still pursuing only the immersive, idyllic beauty found within the calm of unbroken silence through apt closure.
Architects: 100A associates – 100a.kr
Area: 118 m²
Lead Architects: Kwang-il An, Sol-ha Park
Design Team: Subeen Kim
Country: South Korea