Grown up in a place called Ipjeong-dong in Euljiro 3ga in seoul, narrow alleys around his house were like a playground for him, and it did inspire him on his work.
In fact, he had never dreamed of becoming an architect, and had no information about it. But after a single recommendation from a friend, he was absorbed in architecture.
She lived in Gangwon province when she was young, and has been living in seoul since she was 8 years old. Since there weren't many cars in Seoul in back then, alleys and backstreets were her playground. She used to play with her friends until dusk.
She was an ordinary student studying natural science, but she liked to draw. She choose architect as her profession because it seemed to require creativity.
They graduated Hongik university graduate school the same year, and founded studio GAON in 1999. One of their best works is Geumsan House(2011), that took nine months to design and took six months to build.
As they practise architecture, they constantly asked themselves what the essence and nature of Korean architecture is. They say, unlike the architecture of Japan or China, the distinguishing feature of korean architecture is that the surrounding spaces are moveable and constantly in motion. It feels like a live video which has a continuous flow between spaces. they were inspired by the Dosan seodang which was a building they had always dreamed of.
Despite the fact that it is a recently-built house, the picturesque scenery and the classic style of the building exudes a comfortable atmosphere. Coincidentally, like the Yi hwang(the well known scholar of Chosen), the client was also an educator and a scholar, and had the same age as the philosopher when he began building Dosan seodang. The client wanted a simple, small house to spend the rest of his life with his wife, and built a perfect house for himself and his family.
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