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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

zeep-soori of professor kim’s house in Seoul, Korea by Kim Jae-kwan

October 12th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kim Jae-kwan

Repair of the Axis
The neighborhood has topographical characteristics of a basin. Thus, directions of the house were open to centrifugal or right angles. When I climbed the roof, a road came to view. The road was coiled as if it was an unknown entity drawn in the sky over the numerous houses lined on the edge of the road connecting Ansan and Seongsan. I decided the route is a subjective meridian for closing or opening houses and substituting directions dividing windows, the entrance, stairway and floor to it. The layout of lighting, direction of wood material on the floor, flow of the fence surrounding the house and main entrance were created in accordance with the axis.

Entrance (Images Courtesy Park young-chae)

  • Architect: Kim Jae-kwan
  • Name of Project: zeep-soori of professor kim’s house
  • Location: SeoDaemoon-Koo, Seoul, Korea
  • Program: Housing
  • Written and material provided by: Kim jae-kwan
  • Photography: Park young-chae

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Park young-chae)

  • Site area: 133.6m2
  • Gross floor area: 140.2m2
  • Building scope: B1, 2F
  • Exterior finishing: Black Brick, Spruce wood
  • Interior finishing: Wallpaper, Spruce wood
  • Construction: Kim Jae-kwan
  • Design period: Aug. 2010 – Oct. 2010
  • Construction period: Nov. 2010 – Apr. 2011


Exterior View (Images Courtesy Park young-chae)

Meanwhile, there is a window that does not follow the axis. It is an east window in the living room on the second floor. In front of the low and long window which allows people to see the view outside the window when sitting on the floor lies a dark pond roughly the same size as the window. The pond reflects the color of the dawning sky from the direction of Ansan on the ceiling of the second floor. It was about in May. As the repair work was heading towards completion, we gathered together in the living room. Some were delighted at the shadow of water reflected on the ceiling, and some were busy comparing the renovated house with previous features. Then, someone said, I feel a wind breeze inside but I’m not sure where it is coming from. It is strange because there is no wind outside. As I heard the person saying, I hit upon a word: “Manifestation of an axis.” –Kim Jae-kwan


Interior View (Images Courtesy Park young-chae)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Park young-chae)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Park young-chae)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Park young-chae)

Old and New (Images Courtesy Park young-chae)

Old and New Interior View (Images Courtesy Park young-chae)

Old and New outdoor space (Images Courtesy Park young-chae)

Old and New outdoor space (Images Courtesy Park young-chae)

Outdoor deck (Images Courtesy Park young-chae)

Outdoor pond brings natural lights into interia space (Images Courtesy Park young-chae)


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