The Boulder House by Atelier Jun is a remarkable solution for the design of a detached townhouse in a central area of Seoul. The location is sourrounded by multi-family apartment buildings from the eighties and nineties. They are somewhat generic, but with their modest heights, open balconies and terraces still much better than the 50+storey glass-glazed apartment towers which are being built all over Seoul these days.
The wishes of the client for maximum privacy resulted in a rather extravagant, monolithic, inward-looking building reminding on medieval fortress towers with its heavy doors and window blinds. With its very few windows it must be rather dark inside, which is a pity considering that the building is overlooking a private garden, a very rare luxury in central Seoul.
Despite that, the stark formal reduction and the unwavering focus on only two materials - stone and wood - results in a rather radical, yet quite elegant design which, with its intentionally stereotypical slanted roof, might even work as playing piece in a Monopoly game or an icon on a website.
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