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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.

Panorama House in Chungbuk, Korea by Moon Hoon

March 15th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Moon Hoon

The client

They have four kids, and that is a big family by contemporary standards. They are both teachers in their late thirties. The first, and the most important thing they wanted in their new home was a place where their kids could play, read and study. They wanted lower floors for the kids and upper for themselves. They already tried it out with another architect, but it did not satisfy them, that’s when they said that they found about me, who appeared to be more playful, and more creative.

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  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Project: Panorama House
  • Location: 712-14 Yangcheong-ri, Ochang-eup, Cheongwon-gun, Chungbuk, Korea
  • Design Team: Lee Ju Hee / Kim Dong Won / Park Sang Eun
  • Client : Moon Sung Gwang
  • Completion Date: Dec. 2011
  • Total Site Area: 570.50M2
  • Total Floor Area: 209.14M2
  • Construction: Reinforced Concrete + Wood frame
  • Material: exterior / paint, basalt; Interior / wood flooring, wall paper

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The site

irregular and sloped site boasted a great view. It is situated in a nice newly built surburb. The view reminded me of a scene from a movie, LA surburbs at night. Instantly, a name for the house came up-Panorama House-which they nodded with some ambience.


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The Design

The basic request of upper and lower spatial organization and the shape of the site promted a long and thin house with fluctuating facade which would allow for more differentiated view. The key was coming up with a multi_functional space which  is a large staircase, bookshelves, casual reading space, home cinema, slide and many more…

The client was very pleased with the design, and the initial design was accepted and finalized almost instantly, only with minor adjustments. The Kitchen and dinning space is another important space where family gathers to bond. the TV was pushed away to a smaller living room. The attic is where the best view is possible, it is used as a play room for younger kids.

The multi-use stair and slide space brings much active energy to the house, not only children, but also grown ups love the slide staircase….An action filled playful house for all ages…


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the fluctuating facade is accentuated my mirrored bottom and top angles. It can bring about some illusion when looked at with some concentration. The various sized windows provide different outlooks. Korean Houses are floor heated, which is quite unique and brings users to the floors more than to furniture such as sofa and chairs. so many windows are placed quite low, considering the long living habit. There is no high legged dinning table for the family, only a portable foldable short-legged table. The space kept empty until any specific function arises…

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Moon Hoon was born in 1968, in Sangdong Gangwon_do, lived his teenage years in Tasmania, Australia. He was educated in architecture in Korea, and US at MIT, also had work experience in both countries. He has been running his studio Moon_Bal_Sso since 2001. He is interested in breaking the boundaries of architecture by experimenting_crashing, fusing, mixing, and so forth_ with various other disciplines.

Moon Hoon

He is open minded about boundaries of architecture. His major works include Rock It Suda, S_Mahal, Mookdong Multi House, Ongdalsam, and Sangsang Museum which was awarded KIA prize for year 2005. His drawings and installations have been exhibited in solo and group format at various museums. He also directs short films related to his architecture with the desire to expand the expressive potential of Architecture.


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Exterior Plan 1

Interior Plan 1

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