The West Village Building
by Doojin Hwang Architects

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A towering wall of perforated brickwork lets light filter gently into the rooms of this house, cafe and gallery building in Seoul, South Korea (+ slideshow).

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Designed by local studio Doojin Hwang Architects, the three-storey-high building is constructed entirely from terracotta-coloured bricks. "We attempted to emphasise the natural quality of the materials and avoided using too many different materials," say the architects.

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

The perforated wall spans the southern facade to screen the two residential upper storeys. During the day it lets in light without permitting a view inside, but after dark the positions of windows are revealed behind.

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

"This unique pattern of bricks produces various shadow patterns by change of the time and the season, and makes the space rich and alive," explain the architects.

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

The northern facade of the building has a more traditional construction of solid brick walls and rectangular windows, with a glazed shop unit at ground level. Currently this space is used as a cafe, while a small gallery occupies the basement floor below.

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

A staircase on one side of the cafe leads up to the residential floors. Bedrooms and a bathroom are located on the first floor, while a living room and adjoining kitchen are on the uppermost storey. In the future, these floors could also be adapted to accommodate two individual apartments, each with views of the mountains to the north.

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Named the West Village Building, the mixed-use structure is located close to Gyeongbok Palace and was completed in 2011.

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Other houses to complete recently in South Korea include The Curving House, a residence clad with silver brickwork, and Pangyo House, which features a curving facade with extruded windows. See more architecture in South Korea.

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Photography is by Youngchae Park.

Here's some more information from Doojin Hwang Architects:


The West Village Building

The West Village building, located in the West Village near Gyeongbok Palace, is a low-rise, high-density, mixed-use building. This area is full of multi-layered beauty of Seoul. To preserve historic and cultural ambience of the area, we proposed a typical 'rainbow cake' building, a concept developed by DJHA. This 3-storey building incorporates both residential and commercial functions vertically.

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

To design an 'ordinary but not ordinary' building, we tried to create a building rooted in its location and tried not to disturb the ambience of the historic West Village area, where the building is located. Large northern window commends a panoramic view towards Mt. Bukak and Mt. Inwang. On the southern facade, a unique brick pattern was used as a visual filter to screen the view of the building in front while allowing sunlight in. This unique pattern of bricks produces various shadow patterns by change of the time and the season, and makes the space rich and alive.

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Main material of The West Village is bricks. We attempted to emphasise the natural quality of the materials and avoided using too many different materials.

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Likewise, the interior was finished with paint rather than expensive, unique finish materials. Residential spaces on the 2nd and 3rd floors are partitioned by built-in furniture, which is integrated with lighting. Lightings were installed at the upper part of the furniture; the indirect light illuminates the ceilings.

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Architect: Doojin Hwang (Doojin Hwang Architects)
Design team: Jeongyoon Choi
Location: Seoul
Year of completion: 2011
Floor: 3F + 1BF
Area: 209.83m²

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Contractor: Janghak Construction
Structure engineer: Hwan Structural Engineers
Mechanical engineer: Daekyoung Engineering
Electric design: Daekyoung Engineering
Civil engineer: GeoTech Engineering & Consultants

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Above: site plan - click for larger image

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Above: basement floor plan - click for larger image

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Above: intermediate floor plan - click for larger image

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Above: ground floor plan - click for larger image

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Above: first floor plan - click for larger image

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Above: second floor plan - click for larger image

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Above: cross section - click for larger image

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Above: south elevation - click for larger image

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Above: west elevation - click for larger image

The West Village Building by Doojin Hwang Architects

Above: north elevation - click for larger image

Above: east elevation - click for larger image

  • http://cargocollective.com/diligence Stuart

    The facade reminds me of an aluminum Mac tower.

  • Colonel Pancake

    Inspired exterior; uninspired interior. Why not use the brick inside as well? With its raw texture and muted colour, the last thing the interior needs is a bunch of shiny red stuff. I hate to throw the “r” word around, but the poeticism of the brick has been ruined.

    • pedro

      I totally agree with you. The interiors are so poor and the oposite of the exterior. It simply doesn’t connect. Shame!

  • Rzepa

    Great, but the thing I like the most is the chair in photos four and five. Does anybody know its name?

    • Sung

      That chair is also designed by Doojin Hwang. It is called Ccao.

  • http://www.satarafurniture.co.uk/ Elsa

    Please somebody give me a house like this! It was love at first sight!